Juveniles - A juvenile is a person between 10 and 16 years of age.
If you are a juvenile and are issued a citation, your parent or guardian will be sent a letter to appear with you in court before the Municipal Court Judge. The entry of the plea cannot be handled in writing, by mail, or at the Municipal Court Clerk's window. Please note that if you fail to appear on the scheduled court date, a notice may be sent to the Department of Public Safety to suspend your driver's license or prohibit you from getting one. Suspension of a driver's license may also be submitted to DPS for non-payment of fines.
In court, you will be given options to keep certain violations from being convictions such as Driving Safety Course, Deferred Disposition, and Teen Court. For all Driving Safety Course requests, a juvenile must have a valid Texas driver's license or permit and proof of current insurance being a listed driver.
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. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court. A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment of final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.
Minors - A minor is a person between 17 and 21 years of age.
If you are a minor between the ages of 17 and 20 and have been charged with an alcohol or tobacco/e-cigarette related offense, you will receive a notice to appear before the Municipal Court Judge. The entry of a plea cannot be handled in writing, by mail, or at the Municipal Court Clerk's window. The following are offenses for which a minor must appear before the Municipal Court Judge.
ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL BY MINOR
CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR
MISREPRESENTATION OF AGE BY A MINOR
POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR
PURCHASE OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR
PUBLIC INTOXICATION BY MINOR
POSSESSION OF TOBACCO/E-CIGARETTE BY MINOR
PURCHASE OF TOBACCO/E-CIGARETTE BY MINOR
CONSUMPTION OF TOBACCO/E-CIGARETTE BY MINOR
For questions related to juveniles and minors pease contact Juvenile Case Manager Alex Ocanas at 972-429-8085.