Court & Detention Services


You have 21 days from when the citation was issued to appear. You may make your appearance online, by mail, by telephone, and in person.   Live Chat and email, do not satisfy an appearance.  If you fail to make your appearance within the 21 days, you are subject to added fines, fees, and possible warrants for your arrest.


Alternative Options to Resolve 


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The judgment and sentence for the offense you are charged is the payment of a fine and cost. If ordered to pay a fine and cost, and you cannot pay, notify the court immediately. If you are determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court is required to provide you other ways to discharge the fine and costs.

 

There are three options available if you are unable to pay for your citation(s). All three options listed below MUST receive approval from the Judge before you begin.    

 

Click on the link for information on the following:

 

Community Service

Defendants must receive approval from the Judge before beginning community service hours.   

 

About:


You are only able to request community service by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

 

Community service may be available to satisfy certain citations. You must complete the necessary community service hours at a nonprofit organization within the City of Dallas (NOT Dallas County) unless otherwise approved by the judiciary. You must locate a nonprofit agency within the City of Dallas to complete the required community service hours, and you may contact the Volunteer Center of North Texas for assistance in finding a nonprofit agency. 


At any time you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the community service hours, you may do so. If you are requesting something different then what ordered, you are only able to do so by mail and in-person at the Court with picture identification.

 


Hours Table:

 

Community Service may be granted by the Court using the following table:

Total amount of fines and court costs

Hours of community service

$1 - $100

8 hours

$101 - $200

16 hours

$201 - $300

24 hours

$301 - $400

32 hours

$401- $500

40 hours

$501 - $600

48 hours

 

The following timetable shows the required community services hours unless otherwise specified by the judiciary:

Number of service hours required

Number of days to complete the hours

1 - 16 Hours

30 Days

17 - 32 Hours

60 Days

33 - 48 Hours

90 Days

 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)



Mail:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St.

Dallas, TX 75201-4406

 

What you need to request by mail:

    • Download community service application: (Click Here);
    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification; (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification); 
    • Must have a valid phone number;
    • Personal documentation. Examples but not limited to:
      • Government assistance paperwork, school attendance, banking information, monthly income, and expense paperwork;
    • Depending on the paperwork provided, you may be mailed a court date to come in and speak to a Judge. 

***When you request community service by mail, please note this is a REQUEST ONLY.  The Court will provide a response by mail within 5-7 business days and will utilize the address listed on the community service application. ***

 

The Court uses the postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) as the received date.  Mailing certified is recommended but is not required.


At any time you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the community service hours, you may do so.

 
To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)


Or 



In-Person:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 
2014 Main St. 
Dallas, TX 75201

 

For hours of operation: (Click Here)

 

What you need to bring to Court:

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification; (Defined Here) Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification;
    • Bring personal documentation. Examples but not limited to:
      • Government assistance paperwork, school attendance, banking information, monthly income, and expense paperwork;
    • Bring two (2) personal contact information. Information should include:
      • Name; 
      • Contact phone numbers;
    • Save time, fill out the application before coming to the Court. (Click Here).

At any time you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the community service hours,  you may do so. 

 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)




Once Completed:

 

Turning in completed community service hours can only be done at the Court. You may not turn in by mail, telephone, live chat, fax, or e-mail.

 

Once you have completed the total number of hours, you must submit the following to the Court on or before the due date:

    • Letter of completion on the nonprofit organization letterhead detailing the number of hours that you completed.
    • A completed timesheet signed by the supervisor at the nonprofit organization.

If you fail to meet the requirements of community service, the Court will set your case for a show cause hearing and mail a hearing notice to the last known address on file. The show cause hearing is your opportunity to speak with a Judge regarding why you failed to meet the requirements of community service. There are no resets for a show cause hearing.




Work Release

Defendants must receive approval from the Judge before beginning work release hours.


 

About:

You are only able to request work release by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

 

Work release program may be available to satisfy certain citations. The defendant will be required to complete work release hours at a participating City of Dallas government facility.

 

At any time  you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the work release hours, you may do so. If you are requesting something different then what ordered, you are only able to do so by mail and in-person at the Court with picture identification.



Hours Table:

 

Work release may be granted by the Court using the following table:

Total amount of fines and court costs

Hours of work release required

$1 - $100

8 hours

$101 - $200

16 hours

$201 - $300

24 hours

$301 - $400

32 hours

$401- $500

40 hours

$501 - $600

48 hours


    • Work release assignments unless otherwise specified by the judiciary:
      • Must work the next available dates;
      • Must be worked in consecutive days (days in a row);
      • Must be in 8-hour increments;
      • 80 days to complete the work release assignment.

Without approval by the Judge, $600.00 is the maximum fine amount a court clerk may authorize for work release. Amounts more than $600.00 will require a Judge's approval at walk-in court.  The City of Dallas work release assignments may vary depending upon the defendant's violation type and gender.

 


Mail:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St.

Dallas, TX 75201-4406


What you need to request by mail:

    • Download work release application: (Click Here);

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification, (Defined Here) Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification; 
    • Must have a valid phone number;
    • Personal documentation. Examples but not limited to:

      • Government assistance paperwork, school attendance, banking information, monthly income, and expense paperwork;
    • Depending on the paperwork provided, you may be mailed a court date to come in and speak to a Judge. 

***When you request work release by mail, please note this is a REQUEST ONLY. The Court will provide a response by mail within 5-7 business days and will utilize the address listed on the community service application. ***

 

The Court uses the postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) as the received date. Mailing certified is recommended but is not required.


At any time you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the work release hours, you may do so.

  

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)



Or


In-Person:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


What you need to bring to Court:

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification; (Defined Here) Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification;
    • Bring personal documentation. Examples but not limited to:
      • Government assistance paperwork, school attendance, banking information, monthly income, and expense paperwork;
    • Bring two (2) personal contact information. Information should include:
      • Name;
      • Contact phone numbers; 
    • Save time, fill out the application before coming to the Court. (Click Here).

At any time you wish to pay the balance in full instead of completing the work release hours, you may do so. 

 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)


 

Once Completed:


Turning in completed work release hours can only be done at the Court. You may not turn in by mail, telephone, live chat, fax, or e-mail.


Submitted verification paperwork must be signed and dated by a City of Dallas facility supervisor.


If you fail to meet the requirements of work release, the Court will set your case for a show cause hearing and mail a hearing notice to the last known address on file. The show cause hearing is your opportunity to speak with a Judge regarding why you failed to meet the requirements of work release. There are no resets for a show cause hearing.



 

Time Served Request

Defendants must receive approval from the Judge before time served is granted.

 


About:


Time served credit is when a Judge gives a defendant who was in or is in jail, credit on a citation(s). You are only able to request time served by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

 

Time served is not given automatically when released from jail; a Judge must approve it. You have to make the request for each citation and provide proof with each Court where you have outstanding warrants.



Mail:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St.

Dallas, TX 75201-4406


What you need to request by mail:

    • Time served application (Click Here)

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
    • Must have a valid phone number;
    •  Provide proof of incarceration. (Examples but not limited to: Documentation from the jail showing the book-in and release date or jail paperwork with a court order showing the incarceration period in TDC or federal prison. The Court will not make calls to obtain proof of incarceration  Make copies for your records, paperwork mailed in will be the property of the Court. 

    • Depending on the paperwork provided, you may be mailed a court date to come in and speak to a Judge.

***When you request time served by mail, please note this is a REQUEST ONLY. The Court will provide a response by mail within 5-7 business days and will utilize the address listed on the time served application. ***

 

The Court uses the postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) as the received date. Mailing certified is recommended but is not required.

 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)

 


Or

 

In-Person:

 

Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


What you need to bring to Court:

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification); 
    • Bring proof of incarceration. (Examples but not limited to: Documentation from the jail showing the book-in and release date or jail paperwork with a court order showing the incarceration period in TDC or federal prison. The Court will not make calls to obtain proof of incarceration. Make copies for your records, paperwork mailed in will be the property of the Court.

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)