Juveniles & Minors

The municipal court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 years of age or younger) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent or legal guardian of any juvenile charged in municipal court is required to be present in the court with his or her child.

Failure to Appear
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 fines will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety who will suspend their driver's license. If they do not have a driver's license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court.

Alcohol Violations - Minors
Any person between the ages of 17 and 20 who is charged with an alcoholic offense (purchase, attempt to purchase, possession, consumption, misrepresentation of age, or public intoxication by minor) is required to appear before the judge. The following penalties shall be imposed.

1st Offense
  • Class C Misdemeanor: $0-$500 fine
  • Alcohol Awareness Course
  • 8-12 Hours of Community Service
  • 30 Days Suspension or Denial of Driver's License
2nd Offense
  • Class C Misdemeanor: $0-$500 fine
  • Possible Alcohol Awareness Course
  • 20-40 Hours of Community Service
  • 90 Days Suspension or Denial of Driver's License
3rd Offense (Under 17 Years of Age)
  • 180 Day Suspension or Denial of Driver's License
  • Juvenile Court - Child in Need of Supervision; or
  • Criminal Court - Adjudicated as an Adult
3rd Offense (17 Years of Age or Older)
  • Class B Misdemeanor: $250-$2,000 Fine and/or
  • Confinement in Jail up to 180 Days
  • 180 Days Suspension or Denial of Driver's License
  • Possible Alcohol Awareness Course