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.
Defendants must receive approval from the Judge before beginning work release hours.
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.
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. You MUST receive approval from the Judge before you begin.
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.
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
$101 - $200
$201 - $300
$301 - $400
$501 - $600
- 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.
What you need to request Work Release:
- A copy of an acceptable form of identification; (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification).
- Personal documentation. Examples but not limited to:
- Government assistance paperwork, school attendance, banking information, monthly income, and expense paperwork;
- Two (2) personal contact information. Information should include:
- Contact phone numbers;
- 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 3-4 weeks and will utilize the address listed on the work release request. ***
To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)
Dallas Municipal Court
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406
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.
Dallas Municipal Court
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
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.