Notice of Right of Expunction
Definition of Juvenile
Juveniles are defined as persons 16 years of age or younger. Minors are persons 21 years of age and younger on alcohol-related offenses and under 18 years of age in tobacco-related offenses.
Court Appearance is REQUIRED
All juveniles are required to appear before the judge, in open court accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A minor is also required to appear in court with a parent or legal guardian if he or she is 18 years of age or younger and charged with an alcohol-related violation. The court will automatically mail notice of the date, time, and location for when to appear. The notice will be mailed to the address on the front of the citation that was issued to the juvenile or minor. DO NOT MAIL THE FINE PAYMENT and PAYMENT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE WINDOW.
Please note: All juvenile hearings are restricted. Therefore, only juvenile offenders and the offender's parent or legal guardian will be allowed in the courtroom during juvenile proceedings.
Although younger siblings will be permitted, the court reserves the right to remove any child who is disruptive to the court proceedings.
Expunction of Records Information
Convictions from this court are criminal convictions. You may be entitled to an expunction of the records in your case. Click the link below to review your right of expunction.
Notice of Right of Expunction
In order to request an Expunction, please fill out an Application for Expunction and submit it to the court. There is a non-refundable fee of $30 that will be due at the time you file your Application for Expunction with the court. Please read the application to determine if you are eligible to request an Expunction prior to filing.
Failure to Appear
Parent or Legal Guardian
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 parent/guardian's arrest may be issued if the Failure to Appear citation is not resolved in a timely manner.
Juvenile or Minor
If the juvenile or minor fails to appear at his or her scheduled hearing, a Failure to Appear charge may be added to each of the underlying violations set for Court. A warrant for the arrest of a minor may also be immediately issued. A warrant for the juvenile's arrest will not be issued until that person reaches 17 years of age. Warrant fees and the additional fines for Failure to Appear will be added to each violation as well.
Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.057(j), Code of Criminal Procedure, you are being provided written notice of the following:
- A child and a parent are required to appear before the Court and 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 the age of 17;
- On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence (any place where the child lives or resides for a period of at least 30 days), the child or parent shall notify the Court of the current address in the manner directed by the Court;
- Failure to provide notice is a Class C offense. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.
If you have any questions, please contact the Municipal Court at (936) 633-0315. Se habla Español. Llame o pase a nuestra oficinia.