Anyone 16 years of age or under, or 17 years of age or under for an alcohol-related or drug-related offense, whom is issued a citation for a Class C Misdemeanor must appear for Juvenile Teen Court. The court proceedings for Juvenile Teen Court are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. at the Municipal Court and Community Services Building, 201 W. Waco Dr., Waco, Texas.
The Municipal Court Judge sets a Juvenile Teen Court hearing date and issues a Notice to Appear to the parent or legal guardian.
The Municipal Court mails the Notice to Appear with the court hearing date to a juvenile's parent or legal guardian at the address written on the citation. At the court hearing, the Judge explains options for the juvenile to resolve the citation. The parent or legal guardian and the juvenile must be present for the Judge to proceed with disposition on the citation. If the parent or legal guardian fails to appear for the court hearing date, a Summons will be served to the parent or legal guardian ordering them to appear to the court.
If the juvenile fails to appear or does not comply with the Judge's Order after the juvenile turns 17 years of age, the juvenile and/or legal guardian may be charged with an additional violation of Failure to Appear with a maximum fine of $500.00 plus additional fees. The State of Texas will be notified for the juvenile's failure to appear or lack of compliance. The State of Texas will suspend their driver's license or the juvenile will not be able to obtain their driver's license until compliance.
Article 45.057 Subsection (h) of the Code of Criminal Procedure requires that a child and parent or the person of parental relation have an obligation to provide the court, in writing, with the current address and residence of the child. On or before the seventh (7th) day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent or the person of parental relation shall notify the court of the current address. This obligation does not end when the child reaches seventeen (17) years of age.
A violation of Article 45.057 subsection (h) may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor.