Requests to have your case heard by the JP3 Teen Court may be made at your scheduled initial Court appearance with the Judge.
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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.
The answer is "yes", if the following criteria are met:
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.
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.
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.