Click here for Fees and Costs Cheat Sheet and FAQ

TJCTC has released its cheat sheet for the significant changes in Fees and Costs implemented by the Texas Legislature. Note that following discussions with OCA and others, we have clarified our position that the State Traffic Fine is treated as a fine and not a court cost. Also, there was a typo in some versions of the PowerPoint regarding the amount of costs on Rules of the Road parking/pedestrian offense.

Please review this information carefully, and discuss it with your court software provider, and other officials such as auditors and treasurers, as needed.

Standard Field Sobriety Tests and Drug Impairment


At the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety in Louisville, KY earlier this year, there was a session on Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and drug impairment. The session was about how research shows that SFSTs are effective at detecting impairment due to drugs and not just due to alcohol.

Here is some of the research that was provided in the session:

An Examination of the Validity of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test in Detecting Drug Impairment 

Detecting Impairment Associated with Cannabis with and without Alcohol on the Standard Field Sobriety Tests 

Examining the Dffect of dl-3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and Methamphetamine on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

The Relationship between Performance on the SFSTs, Driving Performance and the Level of Delta 9-THC in Blood

The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Measures of Cognitive Functioning

A 2 Year Study of THC Concentrations in Drivers: Examining Driving and Field Sobriety Test Performance

A Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Performance During Alcohol and Cannabis Intoxication

An Evaluation of the Sensitivity of the Standardised Field Sobriety Tests to Detect the Presence of Amphetamine