Making a Court Appearance
| Adult Appearances
If you have received a citation (from a peace officer or through the mail along with a court summons) or been released from jail on a personal bond for a Class C misdemeanor, you must decide what to do with the charge pending against you and let the Court know. This is called “entering an appearance.”
Sometimes a person may not wish to contest a case, but would like to present reasons for a fine that is lower than the standard fine for the offense. This is known as Mitigating Circumstances. In this case a person must enter an appearance before the judge in the courtroom and explain these circumstances. Call (940) 761-7880 to schedule an appointment to see the judge.
State law requires persons under 17 years of age to answer charges against them by appearing before the judge in open court with a parent or guardian. Persons under 18 years of age must also appear before the judge to answer to alcohol-related citations. The Municipal Court will send a summons to the parent or guardian of the juvenile specifying the date and time that both the juvenile and the parent or guardian must appear in court. If you have questions about the date of your required appearance, please call (940) 761-7880.
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