The law requires that all juveniles (defendants 16 years of age and under) appear before the Judge with a parent/guardian, regardless of the offense(s). Art. 45.0215(a-1), C.C.P.
In addition to the requirement to appear, juveniles (under 17 years of age) and their parent(s) have an obligation to provide the Court with their current address of residence in writing. On or before the seventh (7th) day after the date on which juveniles or their parent(s) change residence, the juvenile or parent/guardian SHALL notify the court of their current address by Certified U.S. Mail, Return Receipt Requested. A violation of this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest. The obligation to provide notice ends upon the final disposition of charges filed from the juvenile’s citation and not when the juvenile becomes 17 years old.
JUVENILES WHO FAIL TO APPEAR OR FAIL TO SATISFY A JUDGEMENT IN MUNICIPAL COURT WILL BE DENIED A DRIVER'S LICENSE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. IF THE JUVENILE ALREADY HAS A DRIVER'S LICENSE, THAT LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL SATISFACTION OF CRIMINAL CHARGES IS RESOLVED.
Minors (17-20) charged with Alcohol / Tobacco offenses must also appear before the judge.
The Alcoholic Beverage Code provides specific appearance and plea procedures for these offenses. A minor, who is defined as a person under the age of 21, must appear in open court to enter a plea. Sec. 106.10, A.B.C.
Alcoholic Beverage Code violations are unique in that the punishment generally includes not only a fine but also community service and a class.
Minor who fails to appear in Court and/or fail to comply with any judgments rendered by the Court are subject, but not limited to; additional charges, violations reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and suspension or denial of a driver's license, and a possible warrant for their arrest.
At your court appearance, you will be expected to conduct yourself appropriately and dress properly.
If you have any questions, please contact the Hewitt Municipal Court at: