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A Juvenile (under 17 years of age) must appear in person in court accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 year old or younger) charged with most Class C misdemeanor offenses. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases and the parent/legal guardian of the juvenile defendant is required to be present in court with his or her child. Failure of a parent or legal guardian to appear with a juvenile constitutes a separate misdemeanor offense by the parent, and 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 fine(s) will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their drivers’ license. If they do not have a driver’s license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court and satisfied all orders by the court.