Failure to Appear

Under Texas law you are classified as a juvenile if you are under 17 years of age. You are classified as a minor if you are under 21 years of age.

Failure of the Parent or Legal Guardian

State law requires that a parent or legal guardian must be present in Court at all proceedings if the accused is a juvenile. Failure of the parent or legal guardian to appear with the juvenile is a separate misdemeanor offense against the parent or legal guardian and may result in the issuance of a warrant for the parent/legal guardian.

Failure of the Juvenile

If the juvenile fails to appear at his or her scheduled hearing, the Court may report the non-appearance to the Texas Department of Public Safety and order the denial or suspension of the juvenile's Driver's License. Additionally, if after sentencing a juvenile fails to appear, the juvenile may also be found in contempt and fined an additional $500.

Failure of the Minor

If a minor fails to appear for his or her scheduled hearing, a warrant for his or her arrest may be issued and an additional Failure to Appear charge may be filed.

Address Notification

Pursuant to Article 45.057(h), Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing with the current address and residence of the child.  The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17.  On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court.  A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor.  The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.