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Commonly Requested Legal Forms

This guide provides links to free online legal forms from various organizations.

Offender Forms

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Motion for Time Served/Jail Time Credit

Municipal and county justice of the peace courts allow for alternative forms of payment on Class C misdemeanor citations for those who cannot afford to pay their fines. If you were in jail or prison for another offense when the citation was issued, you can request the court use this imprisoned time as a way in which to pay for the fine. This is often referred to as a "motion for time served" or a "motion for jail time credit". Requests are not guaranteed and are at the judge's discretion. It is also important to note that this form of alternative payment may not be accepted by all courts.

There is no standardized form for this type of request. Most courts who accept this form of alternative payment have a request form available on their website. Below is a list of the forms we've been able to locate. This is not a comprehensive list. If your court is not listed below, you will need to contact them for more information.

Click here for listing of local motion for time served forms.

Pre-Trial

Post-Conviction Appeals

State Forms

Federal Forms

Family Law

Divorce

Volume 1, Section 9.4 from the State Counsel for Offenders Legal Handbook discusses the basics of divorce proceedings and how these cases may affect those who are currently incarcerated in TDCJ. Additional resources on divorce in Texas can be found in our Divorce research guide.

Termination of Parental Rights

Volume 1, Section 9.1 from the State Counsel for Offenders Legal Handbook which discusses the basics on termination proceedings and how these cases may affect those who are currently incarcerated in TDCJ. Additional resources can be found in our Termination of Parental Rights research guide.

Child Support/Paternity

Volume 1, Section 9.8 from the State Counsel for Offenders Legal Handbook discusses child supports suits and how these cases may affect those who are currently incarcerated in TDCJ. In some cases, the Attorney General may first file a paternity suit seeking to have a court determine the identity of the father of the child. Additional resources can be found in our Child Custody & Support research guide.

Pending Charges/Detainers

Persons who are currently incarcerated in TDCJ may have charges pending in other Texas counties, other states in the U.S. or with the federal government. Some jurisdictions will place holds or "detainers" with TDCJ so that the person will be transferred from TDCJ to the jurisdiction upon completion of their sentence in order to resolve the outstanding charges. The forms listed below from are designed for incarcerated persons who may choose to try and resolve these matters prior to their release. See Volume 1, Chapter 5 from the State Counsel for Offenders Legal Handbook to learn more.

Community Supervision/Shock Probation

Volume 1, Sections 10.1 and 10.2 from the State Counsel for Offenders Legal Handbook discusses how to request community supervision after being incarcerated for at least 75 days for state jail offenses or no more than 180 days for other felony offenses (with some exceptions). This is often referred to as "shock probation".

Clemency and Pardons

Executive Clemency

Clemency is a way in which someone can ask for relief from the burden of their conviction from an executive authority. In Texas, the governor has the authority to grant clemency upon the written recommendation of a majority of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. See this section from the Board of Pardons and Paroles' Parole in Texas publication to learn more. 

All of these applications are also available as editable Microsoft Word documents on the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles website.

Pardons

Commutation of Sentence

Reprieves

Remissions

Restorations

Additional Federal Forms

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

Many of the e-books available through the State Law Library contain forms or drafting guides. To access, first get a free library account online with the Texas State Law Library.

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Other Places to Find Forms

Court websites

Books or e-books from the State Law Library or a law library near you

An attorney

  • An attorney could create a custom form for you. If you are not able to find the legal form you are looking for, one may not exist in a pre-prepared format and you may need to seek help from a lawyer.
  • To find an attorney, see the resources on our where to go for help page.

Motion for Time Served/Jail Time Credit Forms

Court Form
City of Allen Municipal Court Defendant's Request to Consider Time Served [PDF]
City of Austin Municipal Court Out of Custody Jail Credit Request Form [PDF]
City of Austin Municipal Court Formulario para pedir crédito por tiempo cumplido de
cárcel después de salir de la cárcel [PDF]
City of Bay City Municipal Court Defendant's Request to Consider Time Served [PDF]
City of Celina Municipal Court Motion for Time Served 
Cities of Colleyville/Keller Municipal Court Defendant's Appearance, Waiver and Motion to Lay Out Fine [PDF]
Dallas County Justice of the Peace, Pct 2-1 Request for Time Served [PDF]
City of Dallas Municipal Court Request Jail Time Served
City of Fate Municipal Court Request for Time Served [PDF]
City of Gainesville Municipal Court Motion for Credit for Time Served [PDF]
City of Harlingen Municipal Court Jail Time Served/Credit Request [PDF]
City of Houston Municipal Court Motion for Credit for Time Served [PDF]
City of Irving Municipal Court Request for Time Served [PDF]
Johnson County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Out of Custody Jail Credit Request Form 
City of Katy Municipal Court Defendant's Motion for Credit for Time Served [PDF]
City of Keene Municipal Court Request for Time Served
City of McKinney Municipal Court Request for the Court to Consider Time Served [PDF]
City of Midlothian Municipal Court Request for Time Served [PDF]
Montgomery County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Request for Time Served [PDF]
City of Prosper Municipal Court Time Served Request [PDF]
City of Roanoke Municipal Court Request for Court to Consider Time Served [PDF]
City of Sugar Land Municipal Court Request for Jail Time Credit [PDF]
City of West Lake Hills Municipal Court Motion for Credit for Time Served [PDF]