Quicklinks
Texas Counties Deliver

Freestone County Justice Court, Precinct 2

P.O. Box 218 • 800 Main Street

Teague, TX 75860

(254) 739-2518 (phone)

(254) 739-0939 (fax)

 

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed on County Holidays

JUVENILES AND MINORS

Juvenile criminal offenses that are heard by justice courts include

  • Alcohol offenses

  • Tobacco offenses

  • Non-truancy school offenses

  • Traffic offenses

  • Other fine-only misdemeanors, such as public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and graffiti.

The judge must take the defendant’s plea in open court and must also issue a summons to compel the defendant’s parent, guardian or managing conservator to be present during the taking of the defendant's plea if the defendant has not had the disabilities of minority removed and:

• Is younger than 17 years of age if they are charged with an offense other than a sexting offense under Penal Code § 43.261; or

• Is younger than 18 years of age if they are charged with a sexting offense under Penal Code § 43.261. Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 45.0215(a).

If a fine-only offense is filed against a child in justice court and the child has two prior convictions of fine-only offenses other than traffic offenses, then the justice court must transfer the case to juvenile court. Family Code § 51.08(b)(1). 

If a fine-only offense other than a traffic offense filed against a child where any court has previously dismissed a complaint against the child on grounds of mental illness, developmental disability, or lack of capacity under Section 8.08, Penal Code, must transfer to the juvenile court. Family Code § 51.08(f)