A person under the age of seventeen (17) is considered a Juvenile and therefore is required to appear, with a parent or legal guardian, at the Bench, in front of the Judge of the Court on a specified juvenile court hearing. Please make an appearance on or before the date listed on the bottom of your citation to request a scheduled hearing date before the Judge. Please note that if you choose to retain legal council for your child, the law requires the juvenile, parent and attorney to appear before the Judge at the scheduled court hearing.
ADDRESS NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR JUVENILE DEFENDANTS
Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.57(j) of the Code of Criminal Procedure
1. A child and parent are required to appear before the Court and have an obligation provide the Court in writing with the current address and residence of the child.
2. This obligation does not end when the child reaches the age of seventeen (17). This obligation only terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition of juvenile's case.
3. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence the parent shall notify the court of the current address in writing.
4. Failure to provide notice of a current address is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
FAILURE TO APPEAR
Failure of the juvenile to appear at his or her scheduled appearance date and and future Hearings set by this Court may result in being charge with a failure to appear violation which is a separate Class C offense, punishable by a fine of up to $500. In addition a hold will be placed on the ability of the child to obtain or renew a driver license and this hold will not be removed until a final disposition of the case(s) has been reached.