Instructions for Juveniles
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUVENILES
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (under age 17) charged with most Class C Misdemeanor offenses. Texas State law requires that all juvenile defendants appear in open Court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent, legal guardian or managing conservator of a juvenile must be present in Court with their child. 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 fine/costs will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety who will suspend or deny issuance of a driver's license.
If a juvenile disobeys a Court Order, the Court may order DPS to suspend or deny issuance of a driver's license or find the child in contempt and assess a fine not to exceed $500, or refer the child to District Juvenile Court for contempt.
Appropriate attire is required in the Courtroom. No shorts, mini skirts, hats, t-shirts, tank tops or flip flops of any kind are permitted.
Texas State Law required that anyone under the age of 18, who is charged with a Tobacco or Alcohol Offense must appear in open Court with a parent, legal guardian or managing conservator.
NOTICE OF CONTINUING OBLIGATIONPursuant to Texas State Law, Article 45.057 (j) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure: A child and parent required to appear before the Court have an obligation to provide the Court in writing with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17. Within one week of changing residence, the child or parent shall notify the Court of the new address. A violation of this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition, not requiring a finding of guilt.