Texas Code of Criminal Procedure

Art. Art. 62.351
Motion and Hearing Generally


During or after disposition of a case under Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing), Family Code, for adjudication of an offense for which registration is required under this chapter, the juvenile court on motion of the respondent shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the interests of the public require registration under this chapter. The motion may be filed and the hearing held regardless of whether the respondent is under 18 years of age. Notice of the motion and hearing shall be provided to the prosecuting attorney.


The hearing is without a jury and the burden of persuasion is on the respondent to show by a preponderance of evidence that the criteria of Article 62.352 (Order Generally)(a) have been met. The court at the hearing may make its determination based on:


the receipt of exhibits;


the testimony of witnesses;


representations of counsel for the parties; or


the contents of a social history report prepared by the juvenile probation department that may include the results of testing and examination of the respondent by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor.


All written matter considered by the court shall be disclosed to all parties as provided by Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing)(b), Family Code.


If a respondent, as part of a plea agreement, promises not to file a motion seeking an order exempting the respondent from registration under this chapter, the court may not recognize a motion filed by a respondent under this article.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1008 (H.B. 867), Sec. 1.01, eff. September 1, 2005.

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