The law requires that you appear in court on your case.
- If you were issued a citation, your appearance date is noted on the citation.
- If you were issued a summons, the appearance date is indicated on the summons.
- If you have been released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond.
If you request and are granted a reset or continuance by the judge, the court will notify you of your new appearance date by mail.
(Please refer to the section entitled "continuances" under the Trial tab).
You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may make an appearance in person at the court facility. Juveniles have a separate set of rules for their appearance.
(Please refer to the tab entitled "juveniles").
Your first appearance is to determine your plea ("Not Guilty", "Guilty" or "No Contest").
(Please refer to the tab entitled "Pleas").
If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider. If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a jury trial unless you waive that right. If you waive your right to a jury trial, the trial will be before the judge. When you make your appearance by mail, the court must receive your plea before your scheduled appearance date. If you plead guilty or no contest, you must include a waiver of jury trial. If you plead not guilty, the court will send you a notice setting the date of your trial.
Juveniles (16 years old or younger) and persons under the age of 21 charged with alcohol offenses must appear in court in person and cannot enter a plea by mail.
All electronic devices including cell phones and pagers are not permitted inside the Beaumont Municipal Court. Failure to comply will result in the person's removal from the building.
Absolutely no weapons of any sort shall be allowed in the courtroom except those on the person of commissioned peace officers. Any persons entering the courthouse are subject to search.
No food, chewing gum, candy, or drinks of any type shall be consumed in or brought into the courtroom.
To be permitted in the courtroom, you must be dressed appropriately so as to maintain the dignity, decorum, and professional atmosphere of the court and the administration of justice.
No one will be permitted in the courtroom in:
- Any immodest or revealing wear such as halter tops or tube tops
- Any clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures
- Pants are to be worn at the waist.
- No exposed undergarments are permitted.
- Pants that are tattered, shredded, or that expose skin are not permitted.
- No hats, caps, head coverings or sunglasses, except with prior permission of the court.
Any person not dressed in appropriate courtroom attire is subject to removal from the courtroom.