Juveniles and Minors

State Requirements of Juvenile Offenders

According to the laws of the State of Texas, any person 16 years of age or younger are required to appear in open court for all proceedings.

The parent or legal guardian of any juvenile charged in municipal court is required to be present in court with his or her child. 

Attorneys representing juveniles are required to be present at the juvenile court setting along with the child and parent

Failure to Appear / Pay

Juveniles who fail to appear or fail to satisfy a judgment in Municipal Court will be reported to the Department of Public Safety and denied the issuance of a driver’s license.  If the juvenile already as a driver’s license that license will be suspended until satisfaction of criminal charges are resolved.

Continuing Obligation

A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing the current address and residence of the child, until final disposition of charges.  The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17.


Minors with Alcohol or Tobacco Offenses

Any person age 17, charged with an alcohol or tobacco offense must appear in open court with a parent or guardian before the Judge.

Any person ages 18-20, charged with an alcohol related offense must appear in person in open court before the Judge.

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