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About the Municipal Court

Municipal Courts are the judicial branch of city government. In addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal Court hears Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations, for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500. They also hear cases involving violation of city ordinances, which may have fines up to $2,000 for certain offenses.

When you receive a citation, the options you have to resolve your case can vary depending on many different factors including, but not limited to: the type of violation, the severity of the violation, the age of the defendant, etc. The first thing you will need to do is enter a plea on or before the 20th day after your citation date. Once you announce your intended plea, you may be scheduled for a court date, or you may have the option of disposing of the case without appearing in open court. If your situation allows you to resolve the matter without appearing in open court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for expired violations or insurance matters, or you may be eligible for an alternate sentencing option such as deferred disposition (deferred adjudication), or a driving safety course

Court Appearances

The law requires that you appear in court for your case. If you were issued a citation, you have 20 days from the date the citation was issued to pay your fine or set a court date. Failure to pay or set a court date will result in a warrant being issued to you.

If you have been released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. If a complainant filed your case, you will be notified by mail of your court appearance.

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Court Location
220 W. Main St.
Lancaster, TX 75146

Ph: (972) 218-1334
Fx: (972) 218-8554

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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