Juveniles & Minors

An Appearance is Required


State law requires an appearance before the judge. Do not mail the fine payment.

Definition
Juveniles are defined as persons 16 years of age or younger. Minors are persons 21 years of age and younger on alcohol-related offenses and under 18 years of age in tobacco-related offenses.

Court Appearance
All juveniles are required to appear in open court accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A minor is also required to appear in court if he or she is 18 years of age or younger and charged with an alcohol-related violation; or 17 years of age or younger and charged with a tobacco related violation. The court will automatically mail notice of the date, time, and location for when to appear. The notice will be mailed to the address on the front of the citation that was issued to the juvenile or minor. For more details, see Juvenile Hearing Information and Trials.

Closed Proceedings
Please note: All juvenile hearings are restricted due to seating and court capacity concerns. Therefore, only juvenile offenders and the offender's parent or legal guardian will be allowed in the courtroom during juvenile proceedings unless additional seating is available.

Although younger siblings will be permitted, the court reserves the right to remove any child who is disruptive to the court proceedings.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact the Municipal Court at 817-426-9220.