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Failure to Attend School
Issuance of Citations or Filing of Complaints

A peace officer or an attendance officer who is charging a student with “failure to attend school” may issue a citation that contains written notice of the offense charged and of the time and place the student must appear before a magistrate.

A peace officer or an attendance officer may file a complaint charging a student with “failure to attend school.”

The parent of a child who repeatedly fails to attend school may be charged with the offense of “parent contributing to nonattendance.”

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General Information

This information is furnished to you to provide basic information relative to the law governing procedures for Failure to Attend School and Parent Contributing to Failure to Attend School cases in the Harris County Justice Courts.

The Harris County Justices of the Peace and the Clerks of the Harris County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.

You have the right to a trial by a jury and to be represented by an attorney of your choice, or to represent yourself.

Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.