Cite and Release

For certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses, a peace officer may issue a field release citation in lieu of making an arrest. The citation will contain written notice of the time and place the person must appear before a magistrate.

What do I do if I am issued a citation?

On the appearance date noted on your citation, appear at the Williamson County Justice Center located at 405 Martin Luther King Jr St in Georgetown, TX. Upon arrival, you will be in the custody of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. An officer will complete the booking process at the Justice Center in lieu of the jail. The Magistrate Judge will inform you of your rights, the charge, and set bail. You will then be provided with your next court date and released.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my attorney need to be present?

No, your attorney does not have to be present when you appear before the magistrate. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, an attorney may be appointed to you if you qualify. To apply for a court appointed attorney follow the instructions linked below.

For procedure on Requesting a Court Appointed Attorney click here
Para el procedimiento de solicitud de un abogado designado por el tribunal click here

What if I have renewed my license before my appearance date?

The magistrate will not consider your innocence or guilt. You will receive a court date to appear and answer for the underlying charge.