The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 years or younger) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses except public intoxication. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent of any juvenile charged in Municipal Court is required to be present in court with his or her child. Juveniles who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their Driver's License. If they do not have a driver's license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court.
Most Juvenile cases may also be referred directly to the Juvenile Court, at the Judge's discretion.