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5th Floor, Suite 503
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2050
Fax (915) 546-2133

Monday - Friday
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YSLETA ANNEX OFFICE
9521 Socorro Rd.  Suite A-3
El Paso , Texas 79927
Phone (915) 858-2239
Fax (915) 858-0631

Monday-Friday
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4641 Cohen St. Suite D
El Paso , Texas 79924
Phone (915) 759-7990
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Monday-Friday
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  • Teen Court - 546-2086
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  • WHAT IS TEEN COURT?
  • Teen Court is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes, and jury service. This allows them to avoid fines and sentences handed down by the criminal justice system.
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  • Teen Court is a "hands down" educational opportunity that allows both offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice. A youth referred to Teen Court has his/her case argued by teenage prosecuting and defense attorneys before a jury of peers, consisting of volunteers from middle and high schools and returning youth who were previously defendants.
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  • The teen jury determines each defendant's sentence based on the nature of the defense committed. Each offence is categorized into a particular class, which determines the number of hours of community service to be given. Each defendant is also sentenced to serve a number of jury terms.
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  • The El Paso County Attorney, in cooperation with the Socorro Independent School District (SISD), administer the Teen Court program. All Teen Court sessions are open to the public.
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  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TEEN COURT?
  • Youth who are under the age of 18 and/or who are currently enrolled full time in a SISD middle school or high school may have the option of Teen Court. Teen Court is available for most Class C misdemeanors such as minor in possession and theft less than $50.
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  • Participation in Teen Court is voluntary and at the discretion of the court of origin's presiding judge. Before enrolling, teens must appear before the judge in the court of origin with a parent or guardian, enter a plea of guilty or no contest, and request participation in Teen Court. A defendant may only appear in Teen Court once within a two-year period. A defendant may choose at any time to pay the fine(s) established for the charged offence(s).
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  • YOU CAN QUALIFY FOR TEEN COURT IF...
  • -You plead guilty or no contest.
  • -It is your first offense (Class C misdemeanor such as minor in possession or theft under $50).
  • -You are under the age of 18.
  • -Currently enrolled full time in an SISD middle or high school.
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  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN TEEN COURT...
  • When you appear before the judge you must enter a plea of guilty or no contest
  • You can request participation in Teen Court (or ask the judge to let you go to Teen Court) to carry out your sentence (community service).
  • Fill out a Teen Court Referral form and pay the administrative fee of $20 dollars.
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  • HOW DOES TEEN COURT WORK?
  • Eligible youth are referred to Teen Court by a sitting justice of the peace or municipal judge. Once in Teen Court, each defendant is appointed a volunteer teen defense attorney. Volunteer teen prosecutors are assigned to represent the State. Teen attorneys are trained by licensed attorneys.
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  • Each hearing is presided over by an adult volunteer, usually local judges and attorneys. The hearings are conducted before a jury comprised of volunteer teens and/or past defendants completing their sentences. At the conclusion of each case, the jury retires to deliberate before handing down a constructive sentence of jury terms and community service hours and/or other appropriate sentence.
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  • Once the terms of the sentence have been completed (within 90 days of referral from the court of origin), the case is dismissed which keeps the offence off the record. If the teen does not complete the terms of the sentence, then his/her case is sent back to the court of origin and the original fine is imposed and goes on the record as a conviction for the offence.
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  • If you complete the Terms of the Teen Court Program, your offense will not go on your record!
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  • When accepted into the Teen Court program, you will be assigned a student volunteer defense attorney.
  • You will be scheduled to appear at a hearing where your case will be heard by a jury of volunteer teens and other teens completing their sentences.
  • The jury will hand down a sentence of jury terms and community service hours and other appropriate sentence.
  • The case will be dismissed, once the terms of your sentence is completed (within 120 days of referral from the court of origin).
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  • DISCIPLINE GRID SYSTEM
  • Punishment consists of a specific number of community service hours in an agency selected by the defendant, plus a required number of jury terms. A range of hours for each type of offence is determined from the grid system shown below.
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  • CLASS 1
  • Includes but not limited to:
  •  -Speeding 1-10 mph over limit (6-18 hours)
  •  -Certain Traffic Violations (1 jury term)
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  • CLASS 2
  • Includes but not limited to:
  •  -Curfew violations (15-30 hours)
  •  -Disorderly Conduct (1-2 jury terms)
  •  -Public Intoxication
  •  -Speeding 11-20 mph over speed limit
  •  -Certain Traffic Violations
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  • CLASS 3
  • Includes but not limited to:
  •  -Curfew Violation 2nd Offense (28-46 hours)
  •  -Criminal Mischief under $50 (2-3 jury terms)
  •  -Disruption of Class
  •  -Use/Possession of Tobacco products
  •  -Drug Paraphernalia
  •  -Speeding 21-25 mph over speed limit
  •  -Speeding - school zone
  •  -Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility
  •  -Certain Traffic Violations
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  • CLASS 4
  • Includes but not limited to:
  •  -Failure to attend school (42-60 hours)
  •  -Truancy (3-4 jury terms)
  •  -Driving Under the Influence
  •  -Speeding 25 mph or more over
  •  -Speeding - School Zone
  •  -Certain Traffic Violations
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  • WHY HAVE A TEEN COURT
  • Teen Court programs have consistently proved effective in reducing the rate of teen repeat offenses by causing youth to take responsibility for their actions and providing them with a positive peer group. Teen Court teaches youth about judicial procedures through first-hand experience.