Juvenile Offenders

Jurisdiction

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (10 to 16 years of age) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses.

  • Juveniles who are defined as persons who are under the age of 17
  • Minor who are defined as persons who are under the age of 21

eCourt Appearances 

Effective August 5, 2020 The City of Cedar Hill Municipal Court will be implementing a new virtual court program as a mechanism to provide Juvenile defendants and their parents or guardians access to the Court in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. To help practice of social distancing and minimize the foot traffic coming into court, the Municipal Court will be scheduling juvenile defendants who have received a citation with the City of Cedar Hill to have procedural access to a Judge and utilize the Zoom platform either by your computer or wireless device to speak with the Judge during a virtual court session. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases and so therefore this court appearance will be live streamed on You Tube and/or in the Cedar Hill Municipal Court Room. You will receive written notice of this scheduled virtual court appearance by email or mail (if an email address is not available) which will include the date, time and instructions on how to join the virtual courtroom. Please note that both the juvenile defendant and their parent or guardian are required to make this virtual court appearance.

TO JOIN THE JUVENILE ZOOM DOCKET WITH JUDGE, CLICK LINK BELOW:

(You may access by your computer or wireless device in which you will need to download the ZOOM APP.)

Cedar Hill Municipal Court is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with the Judge: 

https://txcourts.zoom.us/j/3258760832

Meeting ID: 325 876 0832

Meeting phone number: 1-346-248-7799






Parents and juveniles, please visit our eCourt Appearance page for additional information and requirements prior to making your virtual court appearance. A parent or juvenile who wishes to speak with the court regarding questions about the required juvenile virtual court appearance may send an email to the Cedar Hill Municipal Court at court@cedarhilltx.com and this email will then be redirected to the Juvenile Case Manager (JCM). Please provide your full name, date of birth, address, citation number, and phone number in all emailed correspondence to the Court. 

Please be mindful that virtual dockets are courtroom settings and defendants are expected to uphold proper decorum in their manner and dress code. These virtual court dockets play an important role in ensuring access to the Municipal Court while making every effort to avoid risks to the public health.

In-Person Court Appearances (currently not conducting in-person dockets until further noted or on a special circumstance need due to Covid-19)

All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent or legal guardian of a juvenile charged in Municipal Court must be present in court with their child.

Failure to Appear

Juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of "failure to appear" filed against them. Juveniles who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine will be reported to Department of Public Safety, which will suspend or deny issuance of a driver’s license.

Juveniles who disobey a court order may be found in contempt and assessed a fine not to exceed $500 or referred to juvenile court for contempt. Parents who refuse to attend court with their child can have additional charges filed against them.

Community Service

Expunction of Records

Convictions from this court are criminal convictions. You may be entitled to an expunction of the records in your case.

  • Alcohol Violations - For a single conviction, you may petition this court for an expunction after your 21st birthday.
  • Tobacco Violations - For Tobacco offenses, you may petition this court for expunction after successful completion of your tobacco order.
  • Penal Code or Penal Ordinance - For a single conviction of any other non-traffic violation, you may petition this court for expunction after your 17th birthday.

Requesting an Expunction

In order to request an expunction, please fill out the application for expunction and submit it to the court. There is a non-refundable fee of $30 that will be due at the time you file your application for expunction (PDF) with the court. Please read the application to determine if you are eligible to request an expunction prior to filing.

For Parents and Guardians - Notification of Address Change

Warning: 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.