The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 years or younger) charged with class C misdemeanor offenses. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings with a parent or legal guardian. A letter will be mailed to the address on the citation with the date and time of the appearance. Failure to comply with court requirements or failure to complete all terms regarding juvenile charges may result in additional charges against the parent and the child. In addition, such failure may result in the juvenile having his/her driver's license suspended or prevent the juvenile from obtaining a driver's license from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Address Notification - You and your parent or guardian are required by law to provide the court, in writing, with your current address and residence. If your place of residence changes, you have 7 days to notify the court, in writing, of your new address and residence.
Failure to keep the court informed of your new residence may result in Failure to Appear and Failure to Notify charges filed against both you and your parent or guardian. The obligation of keeping the court informed of your current address and residence is required until your case is finalized/terminated.
All juveniles must comply with the court's dress code when appearing for court.
The Beaumont Municipal Court actively participates in the Evelyn M. Lord Teen Court Program. Teen Court is a volunteer program for non-traffic criminal offenses that allows first time misdemeanor juvenile offenders an alternative to the adult criminal justice system. To participate, a first-time offender must first make an initial appearance in open court with their parent or guardian and enter a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge.
The juvenile must then pay a one-time $20 fee. Thereafter, the juvenile offender then appears at a Teen Court session before a jury of the teen's peers and is offered an opportunity to make restitution for the offense through community service, Teen Court participation, and other appropriate punishments ordered by the teen jury. After successfully completing the sanctions ordered by the teen jury, the charge against the juvenile is dismissed and no conviction of guilt is entered on the juvenile's permanent criminal record.
For more information regarding juvenile offenders or Teen Court, contact the Juvenile Coordinator at 409-980-7200.