juveniles

Juvenile Appearances

Any person under the age of 17 (a minor child) will be place on a Juvenile Docket. All juveniles are required to appear in open court, with a parent or legal guardian, to enter their plea before the Judge. You will be notified of a specific date and time to appear before the Judge. 

Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.57(h) of the Code of Criminal Procedure :

  • Juveniles who fail to appear as ordered may have an additional charge of Failure To Appear filed against them.
  • Juveniles who fail to appear or fail to pay their fine will be reported to the DPS who may suspend or deny issuance of a driver’s license.

If a juvenile disobeys a court order, the Department of Public Safety may suspend or deny issuance of a Texas Driver's License or Permit until the juvenile's court case has been adjudicated. Certain non-traffic offenses may be referred to the County Juvenile Court.

Juveniles who fail to dispose of their case(s) in court before the age of 17 will be subject to Texas State laws pertaining to "Juvenile Now Adult" cases, and may be subject to arrest for "Failure to Appear" before a Municipal Judge.


Appearance for Alcohol Related Charges

If you are 17 years of age and charged with an alcohol-related offense, you are required to appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian. You will be notified by the court of the specific date and time to appear before the Judge. You may be assessed any or all of the following:

  • Fine and Court Costs; and/or
  • Community Service Hours; and
  • Alcohol Awareness Class

Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.57(h) of the Code of Criminal Procedure

  • Failure to appear in court as required may result in an additional charge of Failure to Appear AND a warrant being issued for your arrest.

 For more information email the Court at court@decaturtx.org or call 940-393-0200.


Appearance for Tobacco Related Charges

If you are under 17 years of age and charged with a tobacco-related offense, you are required to appear in court, with a parent or legal guardian, on or before the date listed on the bottom of your citation. If you are 16 or under, a court date will be mailed to your address. You may be assessed any or all of the following:

  • Fine and Court Costs; and/or
  • Community Service Hours; and
  • Tobacco Awareness Class

Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.57(h) of the Code of Criminal Procedure

  • Failure to appear in court as required may result in an additional charge of Failure to Appear AND a warrant being issued for your arrest.