Juvenile

"A juvenile is considered to be any individual who is under the age of eighteen years."

All juvenile civil traffic violations are treated in the same manner with the same penalties as an adult civil traffic violation.

Any other juvenile offenses handled by the Monroe City Court are heard every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom #1.

A parent or legal guardian must be present at ALL court appearances.

If a juvenile fails to appear, or fails to comply with any court order, the court will direct the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend the juvenile's driver license or driving privilege until they have satisfied the court or until their eighteenth birthday, whichever comes first.

If a juvenile defendant fails to comply with a court order, the case may be transferred to the Ouachita Parish Juvenile Court for further action.

The Monroe City Court can hear the following charges for juveniles:

  • All civil charges
  • Title 28 violations, not declared to be a felony
  • Purchase, possession or consumption of spirituous liquor by a juvenile
  • Boating or game and fish violations
  • Curfew
  • Truancy
  • Damage or disfigurement of property by graffiti or the purchase or possession of materials with the intent to use the materials for graffiti
  • Purchase or possession of tobacco
  • Violations of any city, town, or political subdivision ordinances
  • Interference with judicial proceedings involving disobeying or resisting the lawful order, process, or other mandate of a juvenile hearing officer or failure to appear related to any other offenses.

Any other charge filed with the Monroe City Court will be dismissed and may be re-filed through Ouachita Parish Juvenile Court.

At a juvenile non-civil traffic arraignment, the juvenile will be set for a future pre-trial date if the juvenile does not admit responsibility. If an admission of responsibility is entered, a juvenile hearing officer may do any of the following:

  • Order Diversion
  • Order Community Service Hours
  • Suspend Driver License
  • Assess a monetary fine
  • Order Traffic Survival School
  • Order Defensive Driving School
  • Order AA meetings
  • Assign unsupervised probation
  • Transfer to Ouachita Parish Juvenile Court for further sentencing

At the time the juvenile turns 18, the juvenile reaches the age of majority. Any unadjudicated juvenile's case is reviewed and transferred to adult court. The case is then considered as an adult criminal case and handled like any other adult case.


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