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:
How do I request to have my case heard in Teen Court?
- 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
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.