Laws of the State of Texas govern juvenile defendants. Please note
- All juvenile defendants who were under the age of 17 at the time
of receiving the citation must appear in open Court before the Judge
at a Juvenile Plea Hearing, even if the defendant wishes to be
represented by an attorney.
- A parent or legal guardian is also required to attend the
hearing with the defendant. These hearings are scheduled by the
Clerks’ Office. Notices to appear at the Juvenile Plea Hearing are
mailed to the defendant and will contain the date, time and location
of the hearing.
- At the Juvenile Plea Hearing, the defendant will have an
opportunity to enter a plea. If a plea of not guilty is entered,
another court date will be scheduled at that time.
- If eligible, defendants who enter a plea of no contest or
guilty may be considered for the following dismissal options with
deferred disposition. Successful completion of these programs will
result in the dismissal of the citation. Each option is restricted
to specific types of offenses and defendants who have received
multiple violations in the past or who have criminal histories
involving assault or gang related offenses may not qualify for some
To learn more about Juvenile Plea Hearing Information
- Defendants who are eligible to participate in any deferred
adjudication program are encouraged to pay for required court costs
and fees at the Plea Hearing.
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