The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (10-16 years of age) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses.
- Juveniles are defined as persons who are under the age of 17
- Minors are defined as persons who are under the age of 21
All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent or legal guardian of a juvenile charged in Municipal Court must be present in court with their 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 fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, which will suspend or deny the issuance of a driver's license. Juveniles who disobey a court order may be found in contempt and assessed a fine not to exceed $500 or referred to juvenile court for contempt. Parents who refuse to attend court with their children can have additional charges filed against them.
For Parents and Guardians - Notification of Address Change
Warning: A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing with 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 the manner directed by the court. A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a class C misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.