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Juveniles with Traffic Tickets

Appearance in Court Required

Parent Must Appear with Juvenile

Obligation to Provide Current Address

When Juveniles Become Adults

 

Appearance in Court Required

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If you are sixteen (16) years of age or younger, the law requires that you appear in court with a parent, guardian, or managing conservator. A person sixteen (16) years of age or younger cannot pay the fine by mail or in person before the appearance date.

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Parent Must Appear with Juvenile

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The court is required to take the plea of a person sixteen (16) years of age or younger in open court and will issue a summons to compel the juvenile's parent, guardian, or managing conservator to be present.
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Failure of the parent to appear as required by the summons is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 and may result in the arrest of the parent.

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Obligation to Provide Current Address

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A juvenile and the juvenile's parent have an obligation to provide the court with the current address and residence of the juvenile. This obligation does not end when the juvenile reaches seventeen (17) years of age, but continues until the case is concluded and any judgment is fully satisfied. Notice of a new address must be given to the court, in writing, on or before the seventh (7th) day after the date the juvenile or the juvenile's parent changes residence.
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Failure to notify the court of the current address is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

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When Juveniles Become Adults

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If a juvenile charged with an offense filed in the Justice Court fails to appear in court as required, the court will issue a warning to the juvenile when the juvenile reaches seventeen (17) years of age. The notice will warn the individual of a continuing obligation to appear to conclude the case. The notice will further warn that the failure to appear as required by the notice is a criminal offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 and will result in the issuance of an arrest warrant.

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