About Otero County Teen Court
Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that provides alternative dispositions for first time offenders who have been charged with a misdemeanor and are eligible for diversion. Teen Court functions in cooperation with Juvenile Probation, Magistrate and Municipal courts. The mission of Teen Court is to deter risky behavior and hold offenders accountable for their actions. Teen Court teaches offenders to make better decisions in the future. This process involves the community through community service opportunities and volunteer programs that promote better communication between youth, parents, law enforcement and our stakeholders.
Adjudication of offenses in completed among peers through a peer jury process. Minimum mandatory sentencing requirements for all Teen Court cases involve jury duty, community service and "Know the Law" class. All Teen Court defendants must "check-in" with the Teen Court Coordinator. Additional mandatory classes may be required depending on the offense.
There is a mandatory $25.00 fee for all Teen Court cases due at the time of sentencing. Payments can be made online or by money order.
Traffic Teen Court
6 Hour Defensive Driving Class is offered several times a year to traffic youth offenders. The cost of the class is $20.00. Teen Court collaborates with local law enforcement. The objective of the class is for the youth traffic offender to acquire skills and knowledge they need to become a defensive driver. The youth traffic offender recognizes common weather and road hazards while driving and ways to prevent collisions. Several segments on aggressive driving, texting while driving and impaired driving is discussed in-depth. Visual and audio media are viewed throughout the class. After class, the youth traffic offender operates the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience (SIDNE) which is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the effects of distraction and impairment from alcohol and other drugs on a motorist's driving skills. SIDNE operates in two modes, normal and impaired. In normal mode, the vehicle's steering, braking, and acceleration respond appropriately. In impaired mode, the vehicle reacts with delayed steering, braking, and acceleration, simulating the effects of a vehicle being driven by an impaired or distracted driver. The youth traffic offender takes two turns on the SIDNE. Once while attempting to text on a cell phone and once while impaired.
Upon graduation, some of the benefits include no increase in automobile insurance rates and no points on driver's license.
Criminal Teen Court
Utilizes several mandatory classes: Substance Abuse Prevention classes, Shoplifting, Too Smart Too Start Quiz, MADD Victim Impact Panel, Class Drug and Alcohol Awareness class and three page written report, Safe and Healthy Relationship Class and three page written report. Alternative sentencing requirements are letter of apology, no trespassing order, and individual and family counseling conditions may be ordered.
Upon graduation, offenses are deferred providing a second chance for a clean juvenile criminal record.
Additional Services Provided
In addition, Teen Court offers mentoring services, positive peer support, DWI prevention activities and community activities. Local law enforcement plays a vital role in Teen Court by providing mentoring, structure and judicial knowledge to procedures and classes.
All classes utilize evidence based education. Studies have found that even brief, informational interventions can lead to significant reductions in risky behaviors. Evidence based curriculum provided by Teen Court includes:
- Too Good For Drugs and Violence
- Protecting You Protecting Me
- Alcohol Literacy Challenge
- Drugs: Shatter the Myths
- Drugs, Brains & Behavior: The Science of Addiction
- The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
Alcohol Drug Undercover (video & worksheet)
- Underage Drinking: Know the Facts, Know the Risks (video & worksheet)
- Alcohol and Your Body: Assessing the Damage (video & worksheet)
- Marijuana and the Teenage Brain (video & worksheets)
- All You Need to Know About Alcohol (video & worksheets)
- The New Marijuana: Higher Potency, Greater Dangers (video & worksheets)
- All You Need to Know About Prescription and OTC Drugs (video & worksheets)
- SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience)
Acquired Skills for Youth
- Judicial Procedures & Knowledge
- Healthy Decision Making
- Self Esteem
- Consequences of Negative Behavior
- Critical Thinking
- Healthy Relationships
- Community Members
- New Mexico Teen Court Association
- National Association of Youth Courts
- New Mexico Prevention Network
Teen Court Coordinator
1000 New York Ave, Suite 109 Alamogordo, NM 88310 Phone:(575) 443-2943 ext 2 Fax: (575) 443-2941
Pay Your Teen Court Fees and Defensive Driving Fees Online