Participation in Teen Court is based on an admission of guilt. Before enrolling, teens must appear before a Municipal Court Judge with a parent or guardian (if under 17), and enter a plea of guilty or no contest.
It is an alternative sentencing program to keep the offense off your record, as opposed to paying the fine with the offense then going on your record. After the Judge has granted you permission to participate in Teen Court, you and your parent will have a meeting with the Teen Court Coordinator to discuss the procedures. The Teen Court Coordinator is present the day of your court date for your convenience.
Teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18, individuals who are full time students, and have received a Class C citation are eligible to participate in Teen Court. Participation is voluntary and solely at the Municipal Court Judge’s discretion. Defendants may choose at any time to pay the fine and not complete Teen Court, however, the violation will then go on your record.
Benefits of Teen Court
Completion results in the dismissal of the case, as long as all requirements are met in a timely manner. By being dismissed, the offense does not go on the teen’s record.
Teens become better acquainted with the judicial system.