If you are 16 years of age or under, you must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. You are prohibited from paying any fines by mail or in person before your appearance date. You may reschedule to a juvenile docket later in the afternoon to accommodate school schedules.
If you fail to appear in court as indicated on your citation, the court may order the Department of Public Safety to suspend or deny issuance of a driver’s license or permit for violation a court order. A charge of "Failure to Appear With Juvenile" may also be filed against the parent or legal guardian.
Notice of Continuing Obligation to Inform Court of Child's Residence
A juvenile and parent 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 7th 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 directedby the court. A violation of this requirement may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor.
The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.
Changes in Address
Changes in the Defendant’s address shall be provided in writing to the Court in person at the clerk’s office or may be submitted by mail. For additional information about your obligation you may contact the Court. Notice of Expunction Rights: Penal Offenses
Attention Defendant and Parent
Pursuant to Article 45.0216(e) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, upon conviction for a Penal Code offense or a violation of a penal ordinance, the Court must inform the child who is the subject of the hearing and the child’s parent in open court of the child’s expunction rights and provide the child and the child’s parent with a written copy of Article 45.0216 which reads as follows:
Art. 45.0216. Expunction Of Certain Conviction Records Of Children
- In this article, "child" has the meaning assigned by Section 51.02, Family Code.
- A person convicted of not more than one offense described by Section 8.07(a)(4) or (5), Penal Code, while the person was a child may, on or after the person’s 17th birthday, apply to the Court in which the child was convicted to have the conviction expunged as provided by this article.
- The person must make a written request to have the records expunged. The request must be under oath.
- The request must contain the person’s statement that the person was not convicted while the person was a child of any offense described by Section 8.079(a)(4) or (5), Penal Code, other than the offense the person seeks to have expunged.
- The Judge shall inform the person any parent in open Court of the person’s expunction rights and provide them with a copy of this article.
- If the Court finds that person was not convicted of any other offense described by Section 8.07(a)(4) or (5), Penal Code, while person was a child, the Court shall order the conviction, together with all complaints, verdicts, sentences, and prosecutorial and law enforcement records, and any other documents relating to the offense, expunged from the person’s record. After entry of the order, the person is released from all disabilities resulting from the conviction and the conviction may not be shown or made known for any purpose.
- This article does not apply to any offense otherwise covered by:
- Chapter 106, Alcoholic Beverage Code;
- Chapter 161, Health and Safety Code; or
- Section 25.094, Education Code.
- Records of a person under 17 years of age relating to a complaint dismissed as provided by Article 45.051 or 45.052 may be expunged under this article.
- The justice or Municipal Court may not require a person who requests expunge ment under this article to pay any fee or Court costs.
- The procedures for expunction provided under this article are separate and distinct from the expunction procedures under Chapter 55.