Juvenile Procedures

To protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), City of Lake Dallas has the following operational changes out of an abundance of caution. Municipal Court in-person proceedings will be temporarily limited. Please call the court for online services.

Para proteger la salud y la seguridad de la comunidad y nuestros empleados, y ayudar a minimizar la propagación potencial de COVID-19 (Coronavirus), la Ciudad de Lake Dallas tiene los siguientes cambios operativos por precaución. Los procedimientos en persona en la Corte se limitarán temporalmente. Por favor llame a la corte para servicios en línea.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juvenile, 10 – 16 years of age, charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses.

Court Appearances

All juvenile defendants who were under the age of 17 at the time of receiving the citation are required to appear in open court before the Judge for all proceedings in their cases. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a juvenile charged in Municipal Court is also required to be present in court with his or her child. Payments will not be accepted prior to your initial court appearance.  A court date will set by the court and mailed to the address listed on the citation.

Failure to Appear

Juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of Failure to Appear filed against them. Juveniles who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fines may be reported to the Department of Public Safety, which will suspend or deny issuance of their driver’s license.

Change of Residence

A juvenile and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing, if their address changes, with the current address and residence of the child, on or before the 7th day after the date the child changes residence. This obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17, but continues until your case is fully resolved and all fines and court costs are paid or discharged.