All juveniles (16 year old or younger) are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases, and the parent of the juvenile defendant is required to be present in court with his or her child. Failure of a parent or legal guardian to appear with a juvenile constitutes a separate misdemeanor offense by the parent. 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(s) will be reported to the department of Public Safety. This will result in the suspension of their driver’s license. If the juvenile does not have a license, the juvenile will be unable to obtain one until they appear in court.

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