Court & Detention Services


​Court & Detention Services

​Unable to Pay Options

There are three options available if you are unable to pay for your citation. All three options listed below must be prior approved by a judge. Defendants must submit their request either through mail or in person.  A completed affidavit of indigency must accompany the request                                                                                                 (Affidavit of Indigency.pdf             Declaracion De Idigencia.pdf).

Community Service - Nonprofit Organization

Work Release – City Department

Jail Time Served

Community Service

Community Service involves working at a nonprofit organization to satisfy a citation.

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

Total Fines and Court Costs Hours of Community Service Required
$1 - $1008 hours
$101 - $20016 hours
$201 - $30024 hours
$301 - $40032 hours
$401- $50040 hours
$501 - $60048 hours

A defendant must complete the necessary Community Service hours at a nonprofit organization within the City of Dallas, unless otherwise approved by the judiciary. A defendant must locate a nonprofit agency within the City of Dallas to complete the required Community Service hours. A defendant may contact the Volunteer Center of North Texas for assistance in finding a nonprofit agency.

The defendant will have the following timetable to complete the required Community Services hours, unless otherwise specified by the judiciary:

# of Service Hours Required # of Days to Complete the Service Hours
1 - 16 Hours30 Days
17 - 32 Hours60 Days
33 - 48 Hours90 Days

Defendants must receive approval by the Judge before they begin Community Service hours.

Once the defendant has completed the total number of hours the defendant must submit the following:

  1. Letter of Completion on Nonprofit Letterhead detailing the number of hours that the defendant has completed.
  2. A completed timesheet signed by the volunteer/defendant's supervisor at the nonprofit agency.

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Work Release

The Work Release program may be available to defendants in order to satisfy certain citations. The defendant will be required to complete the necessary Work Release hours at a participating City of Dallas government facility. Work Release may be granted by Court and Detention Services utilizing the following table:

Total Amount of Fines and Court Costs Hours of Work Release Required
$1 - $1008 hours
$101 - $20016 hours
$201 - $30024 hours
$301 - $40032 hours
$401- $50040 hours
$501 - $60048 hours

The Work Release assignment must be served on the next available dates and must be served on consecutive days (days in a row) in 8 hour increments, unless otherwise specified by the judiciary. You will have 80 days to complete the work release assignment. Please note that the submitted verification must be signed and dated by a City of Dallas facility supervisor.

$600.00 is the maximum fine amount that may be authorized for Work Release by a Court Clerk without approval by the judge. Amounts greater than $600.00 require judge's approval. Defendants who are in Capias Warrants status or who have previously defaulted on Community Service, Work Release, or payment plans will require a judge's approval in order to satisfy a citation by Community Service. City of Dallas Work Release assignments may vary depending upon the defendant's violation type and gender.

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Jail Time Served

"Time Served" is credit given by a judge for a citation when a defendant has been incarcerated. Time served must be requested and approved by a judge. Time served may be requested in person or by mail. To request "time served" you must submit:

  1. Plea of guilty or no contest in writing or in person in Court.
  2. Proof of Incarceration. Example: a Document from a sheriff, jail or prison specifying the dates that the defendant was incarcerated.