Teen Court Schedule 2017

Jan 9th June 5th
Feb 6th July 10th
March 6th August 7th
April 3rd September 11th
May 1st October 2nd

Must appear by 4:45 P.M. - Follow Dress Code Rules

Teen Court : An Alternate System of Justice

  • The Community

    • Fewer juvenile repeat offenders free up law enforcement agencies to focus their attention on more serious criminals. By interrupting errant juvenile patterns of behavior, expense of future imprisonment will be minimized.
    • Community service work performed at non-profit organizations improves those operating conditions and reduces their workload. 



    The Youth

    • Teen Court challenges youth to perform at their highest level of ability and places high priority on educating the youth for life responsibilities as individuals, citizens, and family members.
    • Teen Court creates a peer group working together for awareness and compliance with the law.
    • Teens become acquainted with the judicial system and experience the satisfaction of contributing to the community, while gaining valuable work experience.
    • Completion of requirements within the specified time results in dismissal, which keeps the offense off of the youth’s record. 



    Parents

    • Provides a framework of positive peer pressure and discipline.
    • Provides an opportunity for your child to make amends to the community through community service work.
    • Gives your child a reason not to repeat a mistake.
  • In order for the youth to fulfill their community service obligations, they must have a place to go to perform community service. There are several different agencies that allow Teen Court youth to perform community service. All of the agencies have made an agreement with Teen Court prior to being added to the Teen Court Community Service list.

    If you are interested in adding your agency to the list, please contact the Abilene Teen Court office.

    Community Service Sites working with Abilene Teen Court

    Teen Court Time Sheet

    We appreciate the agencies that work with our program.

  • CLASS 1
    10 - 20 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND 1 JURY TERM WITH 90 DAYS TO COMPLETE

    • SPEEDING LESS THAN 20 MPH OVER SPEED LIMIT
    • DISREGARD TRAFFIC DEVICE
    • FIREWORKS VIOLATION
    • MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT
    • PARK CURFEW VIOLATION
    • PARKING VIOLATIONS
    • PLACING MOTOR VEHICLE IN LAKE
    • SEATBELT VIOLATIONS (CHILD RESTRAINT-SEE CLASS 3)
    • SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACE
    • UNLAWFUL GATHERING
    • VIOLATION OF PROMISE TO APPEAR


    CLASS 2
    21 - 30 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND 1 JURY TERM WITH 90 DAYS TO COMPLETE

    • SPEEDING 20 - 29 MPH OVER POSTED LIMIT
    • DISREGARD TRAFFICE DEVICE (WITH ACCIDENT)
    • EXHIBITION OF ACCELERATION (DISTURBANCE BY MOTOR VEHICLE)
    • ILLEGAL DUMPING
    • MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS (INVOLVING AN ACCIDENT)
    • SPEEDING IN A SCHOOL ZONE
    • SPEEDING IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE WITH WORKERS PRESENT


    CLASS 3
    31 - 45 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND 1 JURY TERM WITH 90 DAYS TO COMPLETE

    • SECOND APPEARANCE IN TEEN COURT
    • AIRGUN IN CITY
    • CELL PHONE IN SCHOOL ZONE
    • CHILD IN BED OF TRUCK
    • CHILD RESTRAINT (CARSEATS/SEATBELTS) VIOLATIONS
    • DISREGARD POLICE OFFICER
    • DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE
    • FAIL TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLE
    • FAILURE TO ATTEND SCHOOL (1ST) OFFENSE
    • FAILURE TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • FICTITIOUS PLATES/PLATES REGISTERED TO ANOTHER VEHICLE
    • LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT (FAIL TO COMPLY STRIKING UNATTENDED VEH)
    • NOISE ORDINANCE VIOLATION
    • SCHOOL DISCIPLINE VIOLATIONS (EDUCATION CODE)
    • VIOLATION OF DL RESTRICTIONS


    CLASS 4
    46 - 60 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND 1 JURY TERM WITH 90 DAYS TO COMPLETE

    • SPEEDING 30 MPH OR MORE OVER POSTED LIMIT
    • ASSAULT
    • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
    • DISORDERLY CONDUCT
    • DISRUPTION OF TRANSPORTATION
    • DWLI
    • FAILURE TO ATTEND SCHOOL (2ND) OFFENSE
    • FAILURE TO IDENTIFY TO A PEACE OFFICER
    • FICTITIOUS DRIVER’S LICENSE
    • HANDICAP PARKING W/O PERMIT
    • INTERFERENCE W/DEPT
    • MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL-ALCOHOL CLASS REQUIRED
    • MINOR IN POSSESSION OF TOBACCO-SECOND OFFENSE
    • OPEN CONTAINER-ALCOHOL CLASS REQUIRED
    • PASSING SCHOOL BUS WHILE LOADING OR UNLOADING
    • POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
    • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL CLASS REQUIRED
    • THEFT
    • UIP (URINATING IN PUBLIC)
    • USE OF LASER LIGHT
    • VANDALISM
    • TRUANCY CASES

    (EFFECTIVE 12/08/2016)

  • DRESS NICELY

    THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED:
    Shorts, baggy pants, pajamas, sundresses, untucked shirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps, caps, hats, sweat bands, do-rags, bandanas, hoods, short skirts, t-shirts with slogans or pictures, any gang related colors or clothing, bare midriffs (skin visible between shirt and pants), house shoes, visible body piercing, facial or tongue piercing, spiked hair styles, spiked leather jewelry, heavy medallions or chains.

    Males

    • Wear dress slacks, nice pants, or at least nice jeans without holes or tears.
    • Wear a nice pressed shirt, or at least a shirt without holes or tears.
    • Wear dress shoes, boots or athletic shoes.



    Females

    • Wear dress pants, or at least jeans without holes or tears.
    • Wear nice pressed shirts, or at least shirts without holes or tears. The shirt must cover your stomach completely.
    • No bare midriffs.
    • You may also wear a dress or skirt. The skirt must be no more shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
    • Wear dress shoes, boots or athletic shoes.

    Anyone not following the dress code will not be allowed to enter the courtroom and if you are a participant or volunteer you will not receive credit.

    If you have any questions regarding permissible dress code call the Teen Court Coordinator prior to appearing in Court.

    NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED

    • Youth ages 10 through 18 who have received a Class “C” misdemeanor violation who are currently enrolled in school or seeking a high school diploma.
    • Youth that have not participated in a Teen Court program within the past year may request Teen Court.
    • The youth must plea either “guilty” or “no contest”.
    • Pay $20.00 administrative court fee.
  • Click the links below to view or download forms.
    • Provide a program offering youth valuable education and hands on experience in the legal and judicial system.
    • Provide meaningful and constructive alternatives to the formal court process of juvenile offenders.
    • Reduce the number of youths in juvenile court by intervening early and interrupting developing patterns of criminal behavior.
    • Give an opportunity to make restitution through community service, written letters of apology, and Teen Court participation.
    • Allow youth to participate in the role of a juror to experience the other side of the justice system by determining consequences for peers.
    • Create awareness in youth offenders of the harmful consequences their actions have on others.
    • Build positive basic habits and skills
    • Reporting to work on time
    • Cooperating with coworkers
    • Accepting constructive criticism
    • Successfully completing tasks
    • A teen appears in Teen Court for his/her trial. The teen is questioned by defense and prosecuting attorneys, which are volunteers, and then sentenced by a jury of their peers, which are teens that have been sentenced to serve on the Teen Court Jury.
    • The jury assesses punishment based on a grid system, called the Discipline Grid.
    • The youth will be sentenced to perform community service and jury duty.
    • The youth is provided a list of agencies to contact to complete community service work.
    • The youth is assigned to jury duty the week following their trial.
    • Once all requirements have been met, Teen Court will submit the citation to the referring court for dismissal.
    • If the youth fails to complete, the citation is referred back to the referring court for further action.
    • If this occurs, the citation will be entered onto the youth’s record as a conviction, the original fine will be assessed, and in some cases the youth’s driver’s license will be suspended or denied.
    • ARRIVE ON TIME, Check in time is at 4:45 p.m.
    • Cell phones are to be turned to silent or turned off completely.
    • No recording devices are permitted.
    • Food, drink, gum, and tobacco products are not permitted.
    • Do not display anger.
    • Be courteous and respectful to all participants and volunteers.
    • Be alert, attentive, well-informed, and businesslike.
    • Speak only at appropriate times using a loud, clear voice, and using acceptable language.
    • Refrain from unnecessary talking, laughing, or noise of any kind.
    • Show respect for the court at all times.
    • Maintain good posture, do not put your feet on the furnishings.
    • Address the judge properly, as “Your Honor”.
    • Follow ALL rules and dress codes for the community service agencies you are working for.
    • Failure to follow the rules and/or dress code could result in your removal from the program.
  • Art. 45.052. Dismissal of Misdemeanor Charge on Completion of Teen Court Program

    (a) A justice or municipal court may defer proceedings against a defendant who is under the age of 18 or enrolled full time in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma for not more than 180 days if the defendant:

    • is charged with an offense that the court has jurisdiction of under Article 4.11 or 4.14, Code of Criminal Procedure;
    • pleads nolo contendere or guilty to the offense in open court with the defendant's parent, guardian, or managing conservator present;
    • presents to the court an oral or written request to attend a teen court program; and
    • has not successfully completed a teen court program in the year preceding the date that the alleged offense occurred.

    (b) The teen court program must be approved by the court.

    (c) A defendant for whom proceedings are deferred under Subsection (a) shall complete the teen court program not later than the 90th day after the date of the teen court hearing to determine punishment is held or the last day of the deferral period, whichever date is earlier. The justice or municipal court shall dismiss the charge at the time the defendant presents satisfactory evidence that the defendant has successfully completed the teen court program.

    (d) A charge dismissed under this article may not be part of the defendant's criminal record or driving record or used for any purpose. However, if the charge was for a traffic offense, the court shall report to the Department of Public Safety that the defendant successfully completed the teen court program and the date of completion for inclusion in the defendant's driving record.

    (e) The justice or municipal court may require a person who requests a teen court program to pay a fee not to exceed $10 that is set by the court to cover the costs of administering this article. Fees collected by a municipal court shall be deposited in the municipal treasury. Fees collected by a justice court shall be deposited in the county treasury of the county in which the court is located. A person who requests a teen court program and fails to complete the program is not entitled to a refund of the fee.

    (f) A court may transfer a case in which proceedings have been deferred under this section to a court in another county if the court to which the case is transferred consents. A case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

    (g) In addition to the fee authorized by Subsection (e) of this article, the court may require a child who requests a teen court program to pay a $10 fee to cover the cost to the teen court for performing its duties under this article. The court shall pay the fee to the teen court program, and the teen court program must account to the court for the receipt and disbursal of the fee. A child who pays a fee under this subsection is not entitled to a refund of the fee, regardless of whether or not the child successfully completes the teen court program.

    (h) A justice or municipal court may exempt a defendant for whom proceedings are deferred under this article from the requirement to pay a court cost or fee that is imposed by another statute.

    Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1031, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Subsec. (g)added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 598, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 748, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Subsec. (h) relettered from Subsec. (g) by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 31.01(13), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Subsecs. (a), (f) amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Vernon's Ann.C.C.P. art. 45.55 and amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1545, Sec. 52, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Subsec. (a) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 216, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Subsec. (c) amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 216, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. § 54.032.



    DEFERRAL OF ADJUDICATION AND DISMISSAL OF CERTAIN CASES ON COMPLETION OF TEEN COURT PROGRAM.

    (a) A juvenile court may defer adjudication proceedings under Section 54.03 for not more than 180 days if the child:

    • is alleged to have engaged in conduct indicating a need for supervision that violated a penal law of this state of the grade of misdemeanor that is punishable by fine only or a penal ordinance of a political subdivision of this state;
    • waives, under Section 51.09, the privilege against self-incrimination and testifies under oath that the allegations are true;
    • presents to the court an oral or written request to attend a teen court program; and
    • has not successfully completed a teen court program in the two years preceding the date that the alleged conduct occurred.

    (b) The teen court program must be approved by the court.

    (c) A child for whom adjudication proceedings are deferred under Subsection (a) shall complete the teen court program not later than the 90th day after the date the teen court hearing to determine punishment is held or the last day of the deferral period, whichever date is earlier. The court shall dismiss the case with prejudice at the time the child presents satisfactory evidence that the child has successfully completed the teen court program.

    (d) A case dismissed under this section may not be part of the child's records for any purpose.

    (e) The court may require a child who requests a teen court program to pay a fee not to exceed $10 that is set by the court to cover the costs of administering this section. The court shall deposit the fee in the county treasury of the county in which the court is located. A child who requests a teen court program and does not complete the program is not entitled to a refund of the fee.

    (f) A court may transfer a case in which proceedings have been deferred as provided by this section to a court in another county if the court to which the case is transferred consents. A case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

    (g) In addition to the fee authorized by Subsection (e), the court may require a child who requests a teen court program to pay a $10 fee to cover the cost to the teen court for performing its duties under this section. The court shall pay the fee to the teen court program, and the teen court program must account to the court for the receipt and disbursal of the fee. A child who pays a fee under this subsection is not entitled to a refund of the fee, regardless of whether or not the child successfully completes the teen court program.

    Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1031, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 748, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 216, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 283, § 18, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

    Juvenile / Parent Notice

    Attention: Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.057(j), Code of Criminal Procedure, you are being provided written notice of the following:
    1. 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. 
    2. The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17
    3. 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. 
    4. Failure to provide notice is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest. 
    5. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt. 
    6. If an appellate Court accepts an appeal for trial de novo, the child and parent shall provide the notice to the appellate Court.