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Volunteers

JP3 Teen Court accepts volunteer applications throughout the year. To be eligible to volunteer, you must be between the ages of 13 and 18 and attending school, and have your parent’s permission before signing up. Print and fill out the Teen Court Volunteer Application below and send it to swarner@wilco.org, fax it to 512-943-1542 or drop it off at the Williamson County Inner Loop Court Annex at 301 S.E. Inner Loop, Suite 103, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.

 
Defendants
What is Teen Court?
Teen Court is an alternative, voluntary program, which offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for an offense through community service, specialized classes and jury service, thus avoiding fines and keeping the juvenile’s record clear. You will be represented by a volunteer teen attorney and sentenced by a jury of your peers. Am I eligible to participate in Teen Court?
The answer is “YES”, if the following criteria are met:
  • You plead guilty or no contest (nolo contendre) to a Class C misdemeanor, not including Failure to Attend School
  • You are between the ages of 10 and 18, or are currently enrolled full-time in a program to receive a high school degree
  • You have not been a defendant in a Teen Court program in the past two years
How do I request to have my case heard in Teen Court?
Requests to have your case heard by the JP3 Teen Court may be made at your scheduled initial Court appearance with the Judge.

What are the possible sentencing guidelines I may face from the Teen Court jury?
Sanctions include community service hours and participation in the JP3 Teen Court jury and may include educational classes. Please note that some violations require mandatory classes required by law.

 
Discipline Grid
Class 1: 10-20 Community Service Hours & 1 Jury Term
(Includes but not limited to): Speeding 1-10 mph over Posted Speed, No Seatbelt/Helmet, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Following too Closely, Disorderly Conduct – Language, No Turn Signal/Improper Turn, Defective Lights/Equipment Violations
Courtroom Dress Code
Class 2: 20-30 Community Service Hours & 1 Jury Term
(Includes but not limited to): Disobey Traffic Control Devices, Speeding 11-20 mph over Posted Speed, Possession of Tobacco, Park Curfew, Driver’s License Violations, Littering, Failure to Yield Right-of-Way, Failure to Stop at Red Light/Stop Sign, Unsafe Lane Change/Unsafe Speed, Disregard Traffic Control Device, Exhibition of Acceleration
Confidentiality and Extension Policy
Class 3: 30-40 Community Service Hours & 1 Jury Term
Speeding 21-25 mph over Posted Speed, Speeding in a School Zone 1-10 mph over Posted Speed, Failure to Identify, Violation of Curfew, Failure to Control Speed, Reckless Damage
 Teen Court Service Log
Class 4: 40-50 Community Service Hours & 2 Jury Terms
Speeding over 25 mph, Public Intoxication, Assault, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Minor in Consumption of Alcohol, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct – Fighting, Fleeing an Officer, Criminal Mischief – Theft, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Speeding in a School Zone 11mph over Posted Speed, Racing – Contest for Speed, Driving without a Valid Texas Driving License
 
 
How long do I have to complete my Teen Court Sentence?

You have 90 days to complete your community service, jury term(s) and any other sentencing requirements you may have received at your Teen Court appearance. Failure to complete these requirements within the 90 days will result in your case being returned to the JP3 Court Judge which could result in the original fines being assessed and a conviction on the defendant’s record.

 
What are the benefits of having my case heard in Teen Court?

Upon successful completion of the JP3 Teen Court requirements, the case will receive a clean dismissal. There will NOT be a conviction entered on the defendant’s record. Also, in lieu of regular Court costs and fines, a $10 Teen Court fee plus court costs is paid instead.