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Municipal court has jurisdiction over minors (younger
than 17) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses,
Public Intoxication (under age 21), Possess/Consume
Alcohol (under age 21), and Possess Tobacco (under
age 18). All minors must appear in open court for all
proceedings in their case. The parent or legal
guardian of a minor younger than 17 must appear in
court with his or her child.
A minor attending high school between the ages of 14
and 18 may request to complete a Teen Court program,
which allows the charge to be dismissed if certain
conditions are met. There is a fee for Teen Court.
WARNING: A child and parent or legal guardian
required to appear before the court has an obligation
to provide the court in writing the current address
and residence of the child. The obligation does not
end when the child reaches age 17. On or before the
seventh day after the date the child or parent
changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the
court of the current address in writing. Failure to do
so is a Class C misdemeanor.
If you have an alcohol violation and you do not want a trial, you
may plead no contest or guilty and be placed on deferred disposition (only for first offense). You will be required to do the
If you timely comply with the deferred disposition order, your
case will be dismissed.
Failure to comply may result in the denial or suspension of your driver's license for up to six months.
Minor (Under Age 18) Charged with Tobacco Violations
If you have a tobacco violation and you do not want a trial, you
may plead no contest or guilty and the court will suspend execution of the judgment. You will be required to do the following:
If you complete the course and timely submit a certificate of
completion to the court, the judge will dismiss the case.
If you have a subsequent tobacco violation, and you do not
want a trial, you will be required to repeat the process above;
however, this time a conviction will be entered and a fine imposed.
Failure to comply may result in the denial or suspension of your driver's license for up to 180 days.