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Bill Detail: HB21-1315

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Title Costs Assessed To Juveniles In The Criminal Justice System
Status Governor Signed (07/06/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 05/13/2021

Under current law, courts may assess administrative fees, costs,
and surcharges in juvenile delinquency cases when juveniles have been
charged with or adjudicated of certain crimes. The bill removes the
following costs and fees that a juvenile or a juvenile's parent or legal
guardian must pay:
  • Cost of care for a juvenile sentenced to a placement out of

the home or granted probation as a result of an
adjudication, deferral of adjudication, or direct filing in or
transfer to district court;
  • Costs of prosecution, the amount of the cost of care, and
any fine imposed upon a juvenile who is adjudicated a
juvenile delinquent;
  • Fees for applying for court-appointed counsel and costs of
the representation when a juvenile's parent, guardian, or
legal custodian is determined not to be indigent;
  • Costs and surcharges levied on criminal actions and traffic
offenses paid into the court district's crime victim
compensation fund and the victims and witnesses
assistance and law enforcement fund;
  • Surcharges paid into the sex offender surcharge fund by
juveniles adjudicated, or who receive a deferred
adjudication, for commission of a sex offense;
  • Cost of the juvenile's medical care in the youthful offender
  • Cost of collecting and testing biological samples from
juveniles sentenced to the youthful offender system;
  • Time payment and late penalty fees assessed when a
juvenile does not pay fines, fees, costs, surcharges, or other
monetary assessments in criminal cases;
  • Fees related to participating in restorative justice practices;
  • Costs and surcharges related to impaired driving; and
  • The fee assessed on persons required to perform
community or useful public service.
Any outstanding balances of the fees, costs, and surcharges
repealed in the bill are unenforceable and not collectable. Within 6
months after the bill goes into effect, the court is required to vacate the
portion of a court order that imposes the costs.

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