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Court Appearances
Appearance Dates
The law requires you appear in court on your case. The appearance dates vary by the nature of the action. 
  • Citations: Appearance date is noted on the citation
  • Released on Bond: Appearance date is set on the bond
  • Complaint Filed: Notified by mail of appearance date

Appearances Requirements
  • You and your attorney, if you have retained an attorney, must appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may make an appearance in person at the court facility, located in Town Center at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, TX 75115.
  • You are not required to retain an attorney.
  • Picture identification will be required (state issued ID or Driver’s License is acceptable).
  • Attorneys will be required to present their state issued Bar Card, in addition to a picture ID.
  • An appearance in writing must be received by your appearance date. (See Juveniles for specific requirements for defendants under 17 years of age).

Trial Schedules
The first appearance is to determine and enter a plea. Future appearances depend upon the plea entered.

Plea of Guilty or Nolo Contendere - Waive a Trial by Jury
If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (meaning no contest), you will be scheduled to appear for a No Contest Docket. At that hearing you will be able to discuss with the judge any extenuating circumstances you want the judge to consider when setting your fine. The judge is not required to reduce your fine. Before pleading guilty or no contest, you may want to read the sections on Pleas.

Plea of Not Guilty - Waive Trial by Jury
If you plead not guilty and waive your right to a jury trial, you will be scheduled for a trial before the judge.

Plea of Not Guilty - Do No Waive Trial by Jury
If you plead not guilty and do not waive your right to a jury trial, you will be scheduled for a jury pretrial.