Jurisdiction / Juvenile Information

Juveniles
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (10-16 years of age) charged with all Class C misdemeanor offenses, except public intoxication. Juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases.

Parent / Legal Guardian
A parent or legal guardian of any juvenile charged in Municipal Court is required to be present in court. All juvenile cases are scheduled for a 9 a.m. appearance on the scheduled court date.

Failure to Appear / Pay
Juveniles who fail to appear or fail to pay their fines will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their driver's license or if they do not have a driver's license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court and/or pay their fine/costs. This case can also be referred to Caldwell County Juvenile Court for delinquent conduct for contempt of a court order which may result in an additional fine of up to $500 and court costs.

In addition, if the Defendant and the parent/legal guardian fail to appear, the offense of, Fail to Appear, may be filed against the Defendant as well as the parent/guardian with additional fines, fees, and costs.

Minors
The Municipal Court also has jurisdiction over minors (anyone under the age of 21) charged with alcohol or tobacco offenses.

Court Appearance
All minors under the age of 18 charged with such an offense must appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian. Minors ages 18-21 charged with alcohol offenses must appear in open court but are not required to have a parent or legal guardian in attendance but it is recommended.

Minors who fail to appear in court may have “Fail to Appear” filed against them as well as a warrant issued for their arrest with additional fines/fees.

Court Notification
All Juvenile and Minor cases will be set to appear before the Judge. The court will notify juveniles, minors, and their parents (if the offender is under the age of 18), as required by law, by summons with the date and time of the court appearance.