Indigent Status And Reduction Of Surcharges
(a) The department shall waive all surcharges assessed under this chapter for a person who is indigent. For the purposes of this section, a person is considered to be indigent if the person provides the evidence described by Subsection (b) to the court.
A person must provide information to the court in which the person is convicted of the offense that is the basis for the surcharge to establish that the person is indigent. The following documentation may be used as proof:
a copy of the person's most recent federal income tax return that shows that the person's income or the person's household income does not exceed 125 percent of the applicable income level established by the federal poverty guidelines;
a copy of the person's most recent statement of wages that shows that the person's income or the person's household income does not exceed 125 percent of the applicable income level established by the federal poverty guidelines; or
documentation from a federal agency, state agency, or school district that indicates that the person or, if the person is a dependent as defined by Section 152, Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the taxpayer claiming the person as a dependent, receives assistance from:
the food stamp program or the financial assistance program established under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code;
the federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children authorized by 42 U.S.C. Section 1786;
the medical assistance program under Chapter 32, Human Resources Code;
the child health plan program under Chapter 62, Health and Safety Code; or
the national free or reduced-price lunch program established under 42 U.S.C. Section 1751 et seq.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.04, eff. September 1, 2011.