Juveniles - Minor

Juvenile Jurisdiction
The Roanoke Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles, 16 years old or younger, charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses except public intoxication. State law requires that all juveniles are required to appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian for all proceedings in their cases. The court will not accept payment nor process any transactions before an appearance is made before the judge.

Failure to Appear
Juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of "failure to appear" or "violate promise 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 who will suspend their driver's license. If they do not have a driver's license, they will not be able to obtain 1 until they appear in court and/or pay their fine. Be aware that driving with a suspended license is a Class B misdemeanor which carries a range of punishments including a fine up to $2,000, incarceration in jail up to 180 days, or both.

Minors
A minor is a person under the age of 21. State law requires that all minors charged with either an alcohol or tobacco related offense appear in open court. A parent or guardian is not required. The court will not accept payment nor process any transactions before an appearance is made before the judge.