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Your due date is listed on your citation. The judge cannot discuss the merits of a pending judicial proceeding prior to actual trial (Canon 6 (c), Code of Judicial Conduct). This means that the judge is forbidden from discussing your ticket with you before trial.
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Juveniles must appear in open Court before the Judge, accompanied by a parent or guardian. A hearing date will be scheduled and a notice will be mailed to the Juveniles address on your citation. A court hearing is also required to request Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition. DO NOT MAIL PLEA OR PAYMENT TO THE COURT. If the juvenile fails to appear, their driver's license may be denied or suspended until they do appear in court with a parent or guardian. Pursuant to HB 2319(h): You and your parent have a legal obligation to provide the Court in writing with your current address and residence. The obligation does not end when you reach the age of 17. On or before the seventh day after the date you or your parent changes residence, you or your parent shall notify the Court of the current address by completing a “Juvenile Change of Address” form. A violation of this requirement may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $500.00. The obligation terminates only on full discharge and satisfaction of the judgment.
If you are found guilty and are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, you have the right to appeal your case. To appeal you must file an appeal bond with the Municipal Court within 10 days of the judgment.
Yes, a driver safety course may be used to dismiss 1 moving traffic offense.
Payment alternatives may be available to you. All payment alternatives must be approved by a judge. Proof of income and expenses is required. If you or your dependent(s) receive federal assistance (i.e. food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid, Section 8, disability), please be sure to indicate the type of assistance received on the financial affidavit and bring proof of the assistance received to court.If you’d like to learn more about payment alternatives click here or contact the Court by calling 940-497-2226 Ext 119.
If you wish to contest your ticket, you must come to the clerks window on or before your due date and request a court date.
The City of Lake Dallas allows payment for citations in person, by mail, by phone, and online.