Attorneys Representing Juveniles are required to be present at the Juvenile arraignment along with the child and parent.
The municipal court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 years or younger) charged with most Class C misdemeanor offenses. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. Such appearances must be made before the Court at the date indicated on the citation. If that date is a legal holiday, the juvenile will be mailed notice of the alternative date and time to the address on the citation.
The parent of any juvenile charged in municipal court is required to be present in court with his or her child. Failure of a parent or legal guardian to appear with a juvenile constitutes a separate misdemeanor offense by the parent, and juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of failure to appear filed against them.
In addition to the requirement to appear, juveniles (under 17 years of age) and their parent(s) have an obligation to provide the Court with their current address of residence in writing. On or before the seventh (7th) day after the date on which juveniles or their parent(s) change residence, the juvenile or his/her parent SHALL notify the court of their current address by Certified U.S. Mail, Return Receipt Requested. A violation of this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest. The obligation to provide notice ends upon final disposition of charges filed from juvenile’s citation, and not when the juvenile becomes 17 years old.