Juvenile Information

  1. Court Expectations
  2. Driver's Safety Course
  3. Guilty or Nolo Contendere Pleas

What You Can Expect When You Come To Court

Under Texas State law, you are classified as a juvenile if you are under the age of 17. 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.

You May Contest the Ticket & Plead Not Guilty to the Charge Filed Against You

If you plead not guilty, you must decide whether or not you want a trial by jury, or you can waive that right and proceed to a trial by Judge. Your trial will not be held on the same day. Your case(s) will then be reset for a new trial date at which time you may present your case to the Court. At your trial, a Judge or a jury will determine your guilt or innocence. For more information about contesting a citation, please click this link about contesting a citation.

You May Agree with the Ticket & Enter a Plea of Guilty or No Contest

If you plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), the Judge will find you guilty and assess a fine from $0 to $2,000. The exact amount of the fine will depend on the nature of the offense and other circumstances reviewed by the Judge.

Important Things To Keep In Mind

  • If you do not appear in court as scheduled, a hold can be placed on your Driver’s License, or your ability to obtain a Driver’s License; and you can be held in contempt of court.
  • You are expected to act and dress properly and follow the rules of the Court.