Appearance – Anyone under 17 years of age, or who was under 17 when the citation was issued, is REQUIRED to appear in court before a judge with a parent or legal guardian. Your appearance date will be sent from the Court by mail advising you of the date you are required to be present.You and a parent or guardian must appear in person in open court. You are not allowed to appear by mail or by phone. You have a right to be accompanied by an attorney, but you are not required to obtain an attorney and the court doesn’t provide one.
You may call the Juvenile Case Manager, Sandra Burnett, at (281) 391-4822 with any questions.
Mandatory Alcohol and Tobacco Courses and Community Service – If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred disposition for, an alcohol offense the court must, by State law, order you to complete an alcohol awareness course. The court must also order that you complete a period of community service. If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred for, a tobacco offense, the court must order you to complete a tobacco awareness course.
Contempt – If you fail to pay the fine and costs, or violate other orders in the court’s judgment, the court may hold you in contempt of court. Violation of the Court’s order shall result in the Defendant being taken into custody by a peace officer and either:
1. Referral to the County juvenile court as delinquent conduct for contempt of Municipal Court order; or
2. Retain jurisdiction and assess a fine up to $500 and/or a Driver’s License suspension until the Defendant has fully complied with the orders of this court.
If an allegation of contempt stems from an offense occurring on or after September 1, 2003, and if you have already been found guilty, you may be committed to jail upon turning age 17. To avoid such consequences, you must fully comply with all of the Court’s order.
Driver’s License Suspension – Your license to drive may be lost if you fail to discharge your obligations in this court. Your license can be suspended for:
1. Failing to appear in court for your citation;
2. Failing to pay or discharge your fine and cost;
3. Failing to take and present proof of taking an alcohol or tobacco awareness course;
4. Being held in contempt for violating the court’s judgment.
A period of Driver’s License suspension is also mandatory on conviction of DUI and other minor alcohol violation like Minor In Possession.
Expunction Rights – Convictions from this court are criminal convictions. The records of this court, including all records in your case, are public and accessible to the public.
You may be entitled to an expunction of the records in your case. If you complete a deferred disposition in your case you may file a petition in District Court for Expunction.
Alcohol conviction (1), you may petition this court for an expunction after your 21st birthday.
Tobacco offenses, you may petition this court for expunction after your 18th birthday.
Failure to Attend (1) violation, you may petition this court for an expunction after your 18th birthday.
Any other non-traffic single violation, you may petition this court for expunction after your 17th birthday.
Ask the court for proper forms for application for expunction. If you have questions concerning the right to, need for, or consequences of expunction, please consult a licensed attorney.