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.

Court Appearances


Click on the link for information on the following: 


 

 

Walk-In Court (Proof or Plea)

This court is available to any person who chooses to resolve their citation(s) through entering a plea of no contest, guilty, or showing proof of compliance.

 

Walk-in court (proof or plea) is open and accessible to the public as a first come first served docket. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and court opens at 8:30 a.m. There is a limited number of people that can be scheduled per docket. Once the morning docket is full, you can wait on the 1:00 p.m. docket or come back another day.  Once the afternoon docket is full, you can return another business day to sign up for the walk-in court (proof or plea).

 

Morning Open Court                             Afternoon Open Court

Monday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

 

Tuesday:      8:30 am – 10:30 am             1:00 pm – 3:30 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Wednesday: 8:30 am – 10:30 am             1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Thursday:     8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Friday:          8:30 am – 10:30 am            Juveniles Only – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

 



Options:


Options for Walk-In Court (Proof or Plea)

    • Plead guilty or no contest to the citation(s); 

    • Compliance / Dismissal proof (Defined Here); 

    • Pay the fine, (payment plans may be available upon request);

    • Request a pre-trial hearing (**see details below); 

    • Request community service or work release;  

    • Request deferred disposition (probation); 

    • Request to take a driver's safety course (Once you are past the 21 days, the amount may be higher or this option may no longer be available.); 

    • Submit request and proof for time served.  

 

Contest my Citation - Pre-Trial Hearing 


Plead not guilty and request a pre-trial hearing, this must be within the first 21 days of issuance of the citation. You may request a pre-trial hearing by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

If you wish to contest your citation at trial, you must attend a mandatory pre-trial setting. The pre-trial hearing is for the city prosecutor and the defendant to have an opportunity to discuss available options to resolve the case. If the case is unresolved after the pre-trial hearing, you will receive a future trial date.



Online: 


On or before the 21st day, you must provide the Court with your request for pre-trial.


What you need to request online: 

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);

    • Fill out the Verification of Contact Information Form and upload the completed form. (You will find this PDF link during the online setup.);

    • Must have a valid phone number; 

    • Must pay the convenience fee.




OR



Mail: 


On or before the 21st day, you must provide the Court with your request for pre-trial.

 

Dallas Municipal Court 
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406


What you need to request by mail:

    • Sign the back of the citation for not guilty (If you do not have the citation, you can write the request on paper.)

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);

    • Must have a valid phone number;
    • Contact Verification Form (Click Here) 

***When you request a pre-trial 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 Contact Verification Form. ***


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: 


On or before the 21st day, you must provide the Court with your request for pre-trial.

 

Dallas Municipal Court  

2014 Main Street  

Dallas, TX 75201

 

For hours of operation: (Click Here)

 

What you need to bring to the Court:

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);

    • The citation if you have it.

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages. 



Request to Change Plea or Order from Judge:

 

You may request a change of program, plea or Judge's order, by mail and in-person at the Court with picture identification. You may not request court changes by phone, email, fax, or live chat. This request needs to be made at least one (1) day before the court hearing. Be prepared to make any payment owed at the time of the request. 

 

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

 

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.

 


 

Motions:

 

You may file a motion, by mail and in-person at the Court with picture identification.  You may not file motions by phone, email, fax, or live chat.

 

A pre-trial hearing will be conducted pursuant to article 28.01 of the C.C.P, and therefore all pre-trial motions must be filed in writing at least seven days before the pre-trial date. You must provide three (3) copies of the paperwork and deliver one to the windows, one to the prosecution office and one to the judiciary. 


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.

 

All motions will be reviewed and ruled upon by the Judge. Please allow the Court 4-6 weeks to contact you.

 


 

Resets:

 

You may request a pre-trial reset in-person at the Court.  You may not request a reset by phone, email, fax, or live chat.


This request needs to be made at least one (1) day before the day of the pre-trial. A cash bond in the amount of the citation will be required to reset a pre-trial date.

 

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



What to expect at a Pre-Trial Hearing: 

    • The pro se defendant will be informed, via a video presentation, of his/her options to resolve a case. 

    • Pro se defendants (not represented by an attorney) will have the opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor for a possible resolution. 

    • The case will be placed on a court docket for trial (jury or before the Judge) if the case is still unresolved after the pre-trial hearing. 

    • For cases involving an attorney, an additional pre-trial date may be added to ensure the defendant is present when entering his/her plea. 


Past Due Citation Hearing Request:


If it is past the first 21 days of issuance of the citation, you must appear in person at the Court window to enter a plea of not guilty. A cash bond in the amount owed will be required to request a pre-trial date once you are past due.


You may also consult and or hire an attorney to represent you on your citation(s).
 
To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red) 

 



Hiring an Attorney:

 

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). 


Make sure you keep in contact with the attorney's office for court dates, payments, or programs that are due. You can also look online under the Citation Search to review dates and times.

 

A request to change something the attorney has set up for you must go through that attorney's office. (Due dates, amounts or programs.)

 

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




Show Cause Hearing:

 

Failure to Comply with Terms of the Agreement:

 

If you fail to meet the requirements of an order set by the Judge, the Court will set your case for a show cause hearing and will 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 requirement(s).  

 

You may waive your right to the show cause hearing by signing the show cause hearing waiver. (Click Here) The waiver can be submitted by mail or in-person, as long as it is before the show cause hearing date. Any balance owed must be paid at the time the waiver is submitted. A conviction is reported to the Department of Public Safety as required by law when you waive your right to the show cause hearing.


A conviction is reported to the Department of Public Safety as required by law if you fail to appear, to comply or fail to give a satisfactory explanation at a hearing before the Judge. Depending on the status of the case, a warrant may be issued.



Need Translation?


Spanish interpreters are at the Court for those in need of one. Please contact the Court before the court date if you need an interpreter for a language other than Spanish.


You may request an interpreter by mail or at the Court. You may not request a reset by phone, email, fax, or live chat