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. Civil citations have 31 days to appear. If you are unsure which type of citation you received, you can contact the Court before the 21 days expires to verify.

Frequently Asked Questions & Forms


How Much Is My Fine?:


It may take up to ten (10) business days for your citation to appear in the system. You have the option to handle the citation by mail or by bringing your copy into the Court to be entered. To handle by mail before the citation is entered, provide a copy of the citation, identification, and payment. View, a list of violations and amounts below.


Dallas Municipal Court Fines List


** Fine/fee amounts are subject to change without notice. **


Chat with a live court clerk on live chat or call 214-670-0109 for questions and information on offenses. All fine/fee amounts are subject to change without notice.


Fees that are eligible to be added for failing to resolve your citation:

  • $50 warrant fee;
  • $10 Omni fee; and
  • 30% collection service fee.

Additionally, this may also prevent you from registering your motor vehicle and/or renewing your driver's license.


Plea Information:


Only the person who received the citation may enter a plea. Pleas may be made online, by phone, mail, a select retail store, and in-person.

 

Authorized Pleas are:

 

Guilty:

 

Guilty Plea – A plea by which a defendant confesses to the crime with which the defendant is charged or the verdict by which a defendant is convicted.


No Contest:

 

A plea in which the defendant does not contest the charge. Nolo contendere has the same legal effect as a guilty plea; however, it may not be used against the defendant as an admission of guilt in a civil suit based upon or growing out of the act upon which the criminal prosecution is based.


Not Guilty:

 

Not Guilty Plea – A plea in which the defendant denies guilt in a criminal case and contests the charge. You will be set for a pre-trial hearing when you enter a plea of not guilty to a charge.

 

Hire an Attorney:

 

You will need to decide whether to retain an attorney to represent you or represent yourself at Court. An attorney is not required to handle a citation, but it is an option.

 

If you have hired an attorney to represent your case(s), the Court will communicate all matters through the attorney. Contact the attorney's office for advisement or status of your citation(s).


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