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Teen Court
Functions
Teen Court is a voluntary judicial program which allows Class C misdemeanor offenders to “pay” for their citation through community service and jury duty. Defendants are sentenced to community service and jury duty by a jury of their peers.

Authority for Teen Court
The 71st Texas Legislature in 1989 passed amendments to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure (Chapter 45, Art. 45.052) and the Texas Family Code (Chapter 54, Art. 54.032) relating to the dismissal of certain misdemeanor charges upon completion of a Teen Court program.

Benefits of Teen Court
Successful completion of Teen Court requirements within the specified time frame results in dismissal of the case. Also, the youth becomes acquainted with the judicial system and experiences the satisfaction of contributing to the community.

Why Teen Court Works
  • Youth learn to assume responsibility and be accountable for their actions
  • Teen Court can cut down on the crime rate of teenagers
  • Parents/Guardians must be involved
  • Promotes youth involvement within the community
  • Dismisses the offense from juvenile's record
  • Teen Court is totally voluntary
  • Gives teens an opportunity to learn about the judicial system

Eligibility
45.052 CCP. A justice or municipal court may defer proceedings against a defendant who is under the age of 18 or enrolled full time in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma for not more than 180 days if the defendant: Is charged with an offense that the court (Town of Little Elm) has jurisdiction of under Article 4.11 or 4.14, Code of Criminal Procedure.

If the child is charged he/she may enter a plea of no contest or guilty to the offense in open court with the defendant parent/guardian, or managing conservator. He/She must request to attend a teen court program, and has not successfully attended a teen court program in the two years preceding the date that the alleged offense occurred.

Cost
Each defendant is assessed a $20 non-refundable administrative fee for each citation. This must be paid upon enrollment in Teen Court.

Enrollment
Our Teen Court cases are administered by an Inter-local agreement with Collin County Teen Court Program. Once the child has requested for his/ her case to be heard in the Teen Court Program his/her case will be referred to the Collin County Teen Court. You may contact the Teen Court Coordinator at:

COLLIN COUNTY TEEN COURT
2300 BLOOMDALE RD, SUITE 4192
MCKINNEY, TEXAS, 75069
(972) 548-4654 Office , (972) 424-1460 ext. 4654 Metro (972) 548-4699 fax

Failure to abide by the Policies and Procedures set by the Teen Court Program will result in case being returned to the Town of Little Elm Municipal Court. Regular fines and court fees will then be assessed and become immediately due and payable and a conviction will appear against your record. 

Dress Code
The courtroom is a formal and serious place and respect is required in regard to proper dress. It is suggested that females wear dresses, skirts, or nice slacks, males in nice slacks and shirts with collars. No caps, T-shirts, shorts, tank tops, midriff tops, halter tops, or torn clothing is allowed. Teen Court reserves the right to deny admission into the courtroom to anyone inappropriately dressed. Further Additional details are available by viewing the dress code online.

Volunteer Participation

Volunteering for Teen Court is an educational and rewarding opportunity for both youth and adults. Teens volunteer as prosecution and defense attorneys, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors. Adults assist with sign-in and other help required during court sessions. Please check with the Collin County Teen Court Program for applications.

Community Service
Each defendant will be given a list of local non-profit agencies and it will be his/her responsibility to contact an agency and set up a work schedule. It is the defendants responsibility to schedule the community service hours. Failure to complete your community service hours will result in your case being returned to the Town of Little Elm Municipal Court.

Sentence Grid
Sentencing consists of a specific number of community service hours to be completed with a non-profit agency usually assigned by the Teen Court Coordinator, plus a required number of jury terms. A range of hours and jury terms for each offense is determined from the sentence grid, which establishes consistency and is based on the nature of each offense.

Class 1
Includes but not limited to:
  • Community Service: 6 to 18 hours
  • Jury Duty: 1 to 3 Terms
  • Speeding 1-10 (miles per hour)
  • Fail to control speed
  • Equipment violations
  • Seat belt
  • No turn signal
  • Improper turn
  • Parking violations
  • Possession of tobacco
Class 2
Includes but not limited to:
  • Community Service: 15 to 30 hours
  • Jury Duty: 1 to 3 Terms
  • Speeding 11-20 (miles per hour)
  • Driver's license violations
  • Fail to yield right-of-way
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Disobey traffic control device
  • Stop sign / Red light violations

Class 3
Includes but not limited to:
  • Community Service: 28 to 46 hours
  • Jury Duty: 2 to 4 Terms
  • Speeding 21-25 (miles per hour)
  • Speeding (school zone 1-10)
  • No insurance
  • Following too closely
  • Curfew violation
  • Criminal mischief under $50
  • City ordinance violations
  • Class disruption
Class 4
Includes but not limited to:
  • Community Service: 42 to 60 hours
  • Jury Duty: 2 to 4 Terms
  • Speeding over 26 (miles per hour)
  • Speeding (school zone 11 plus)
  • Theft under $50
  • Possess drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol / Drug offenses
  • Assault / Disorderly conduct

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