Any person under the age of 17 is considered a juvenile. All juveniles are required to appear in open court, with a parent or legal guardian, to enter their plea before the Judge. You will be notified of a specific date and time to appear before the Judge.
Juveniles who fail to appear as ordered may have an additional charge of Failure To Appear filed against them.
Juveniles who fail to appear or fail to pay their fine will be reported to the DPS 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. If a non-traffic offense, the court may refer the case to juvenile court for contempt.
Juveniles who are now 17 that failed to appear at the date and time stated on their summons may, after careful consideration and deemed accountable by the Judge, have a warrant issued for their arrest.
Any person age 17-21 is considered a minor. If you are 17 years of age and charged with an alcohol-related offense, you are required to appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian. You will be notified by the court of the specific date and time to appear before the Judge.
Failure to appear in court as required may result in an additional charge of Failure to appear AND a warrant being issued for your arrest.
All other minors are considered and handled as adult cases.
For more information email the Court or call 817-598-4120.