What is Teen Court?
Teen Court is a program in which you are represented by a volunteer teen attorney and sentenced by a jury of your peers.
Teen Court Brochure [PDF]
Teen Court Flyer [PDF]
Am I eligible to have my case heard in Teen Court?
The answer is YES, if the following criteria are met:
- Plead guilty or no contest (nolo contendre) to a Class C misdemeanor (not including non-moving violations)
- You are between the ages of 10 and 18, or currently enrolled full-time in a program to receive a high school degree
- You have not been a defendant in Teen Court in the past two years
Requests to have your case heard by a Teen Court jury can be made at your scheduled initial appearance with the Judge.
What are the possible sentencing guidelines imposed by the Teen Court jury?
These sanctions include community service hours and participation in the Teen Court jury. Please note: Sanctions are including the following, but not limited too. Some violations require a mandatory class required by statute.
Class 1: 10-20 Community Service Hours & 1 Jury Term
- Speeding 1-10 mph, Failure to Control Speed, No/Improper Signal, Failure to Yield, DL Restrictions
- Curfew, Disobey Traffic Control Devices, Speeding 11-20 mph, Following Too Closely, Tobacco, Park Curfew, No Driver's License
- No Insurance, Speeding in School Zone, Speeding 21-25 mph, Reckless Damage, Disorderly Conduct (language),
Class 4: 30-45 Community Service Hours & 2-3 Jury Terms
- Speeding over 25 mph, Public Intoxication, Assault, Alcohol Violations, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct (fighting), Theft
You have 90 days to complete your community service, jury terms and any other sentencing requirements you may have received at your Teen Court trial. Failure to complete these requirements within the 90 days will result in your case being returned to the Municipal Court Judge which could result in original fines being assessed and a conviction on the Defendant’s record.
What are the benefits of having my case heard in Teen Court?
Upon successful completion of the Teen Court requirements, the case is dismissed. A conviction is NOT entered on the defendant’s record.
Payment of $20 teen court fee plus court costs are paid instead of the fine in full.
Cedar Park Municipal Court Teen Court accepts volunteer applications throughout the year. Available volunteer positions can vary based on caseload and the number of existing volunteers. To be eligible to volunteer, you must be between the ages of 14-18 and attending school, and have your parent’s permission before signing up. Print and fill out the Teen Court Volunteer Application below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 512-259-9796 or drop it off at the Cedar Park Municipal Court.
- Teen Court Volunteer Application [PDF]
- Teen Court Brochure [PDF]
- Teen Attorney Job Descriptions [PDF]
- Teen Jury Job Descriptions [PDF]