Juveniles

The municipal court has jurisdiction over juveniles (under age 17) charged with most Class C misdemeanor offenses except Sec. 49.02, P.C., public intoxication, and the following traffic offenses: Sec. 502.282, T.C., registration with amateur radio plates; Sec. 502.412, T.C., operating a vehicle at a weight greater than the registration application; Sec. 550.021, T.C., accident involving personal injury or death; Sec. 550.022, T.C., accident involving damage to vehicle; and Sec. 550.024, T.C., duty on striking unattended vehicle. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent of a juvenile charged in municipal court must be present in court with their child. Juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of failure to appear filed against them. Juveniles who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety who will suspend or deny issuance of a driver’s license. If a juvenile disobeys a court order, the court may order DPS to suspend or deny issuance of a driver’s license or find the child in contempt and assess a fine not to exceed $500, or referred to juvenile court for contempt

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