Municipal Court

The Allen Municipal Court has jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases committed within the city limits in which the punishment upon conviction is fine only (not to exceed $500) and no jail sentence may be assessed. The court may also hear cases involving a violation of city ordinances relating to fire, safety, zoning, public health or sanitation which may have fines up to $2,000.00 for certain offenses.

Responsibilities of the court include collection of fines and court costs, processing citations and complaints, maintaining accurate records of all cases and dispositions and the timely reporting of required statistical data to the appropriate state agencies.

The Municipal Judge may issue search and arrest warrants and performs the duties of a magistrate including the arraignment of individuals that were arrested and detained at the Allen City jail.

The Municipal Court does not have jurisdiction in most civil cases but have limited civil jurisdiction in cases which involve owners of dangerous dogs.

If you receive a citation, your options for resolving your case can vary. First, you must make an appearance in court within 20 working days of the issuance date of the citation and enter a plea. Appearance can be through counsel, by mail, online or in person. Once you enter a plea, you may be scheduled for a court date or you may have the option of disposing the case without appearing in open court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for expired violations or insurance, or you may be eligible for alternative sentencing options such as a Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition Probation.