Address Notification Requirements
Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.57(j) of the Code of Criminal Procedure
1. A child and parent are required to appear before the Court and have an obligation provide the Court in writing with the current address and residence of the child.
2. This obligation does not end when the child reaches the age of seventeen (17). This obligation only terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition of juvenile's case.
3. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence the parent shall notify the court of the current address in writing.
4. Failure to provide notice of a current address is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Parent / Legal Guardian Information
A parent or legal guardian is required to appear with the juvenile. A parent or legal guardian is required to appear in court with a minor charged with an alcohol/tobacco-related offense if he/she is 17 years of age or younger.
Failure of Guardian to Appear
Failure of the parent or legal guardian to appear with the juvenile or minor is a separate misdemeanor offense against the parent or legal guardian. A warrant for the arrest of the parent / guardian may be issued for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor child" if they fail to bring the child before the Municipal Judge.
Juvenile Now Adult
Obligation to appear for any citation acquired before the age of 17 does not terminate upon the individuals 17th birthday.
Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.060(c),(e) of the Code of Criminal Procedure
(c) Failure to appear as ordered by the notice under Subsection (b) is a Class C misdemeanor independent of Section 38.10, Penal Code, and Section 543.003, Transportation Code.
(e) WARNING: COURT RECORDS REVEAL THAT BEFORE YOUR 17TH BIRTHDAY YOU WERE ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE AND HAVE FAILED TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE OR ENTER A PLEA IN THIS MATTER. AS AN ADULT, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE A CONTINUING OBLIGATION TO APPEAR IN THIS CASE. FAILURE TO APPEAR AS REQUIRED BY THIS NOTICE MAY BE AN ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL OFFENSE AND RESULT IN A WARRANT BEING ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST.