Juvenile (persons who are under the age of 17) - If you are classified as a Juvenile (under the age of 17) under Texas State law and charged with a traffic or criminal violation, you must appear in Court with a parent or a legal guardian. You may also bring a lawyer, but the presence of your parent/guardian is still required.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU COME TO COURT?
Minor (persons who are over 16 but under the age of 21) - Any person under the age of 21 charged with alcohol, curfew or tobacco violation must appear in court.
YOU MAY CONTEST THE TICKET BY PLEADING NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGE FILED AGAINST YOU.
If you plead not guilty, you must decide whether or not you want a trial by a Judge or by a Jury. Your trial will not be held the same day. Your case(s) will then be set for trial date at which time you may present your case to the Court. At your trial, a Judge or Jury will hear the evidence and determine if you are Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
- YOU MAY AGREE WITH THE VIOLATION AND ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY OR NO CONTEST TO THE CHARGE(S).
You should be prepared to pay the fine at the time you are found guilty.
- YOU MAY ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY OR NO CONTEST AND REQUEST COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS IN LIEU OF PAYING A FINE.
You may ask the Judge to assign your case for community service in lieu of paying a fine. The number of hours you work is determined by the amount of the fine and the violation itself. Typically, community service hours will involve projects such as the clean-up of city parks, city buildings, non-profit organizations, as well as many others.
You are expected to act and dress properly and follow the rules of the Court.
PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING WHEN YOU APPEAR IN COURT.
Shorts, tank tops, halters, caps or hats are not permitted.