Texas State law requires all juveniles to appear in open Court before a judge for any citation/violation. Defendants who are 10 to 16 years of age are considered by the Court to be Juveniles and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when appearing.
Set a Court Date
Defendant and parent/legal guardian must appear in person at Municipal Court office within 20 business days of citation date to set a court date to appear before the Judge. Parents/legal guardians of defendants under the age of 17 may set a court date on behalf of their child/teen.
Juvenile and parent/legal guardian must attend Teen Plea Hearing
A plea of guilty or no contest is required in open court before the Municipal Court Judge
A $20 administrative fee per violation is required
Teen works fine and court costs off by completing community service hours and jury service
Teen Court is only an option once every two years (from date of completion) and while the teen is still in high school