You must appear at the court within 15 days after the date you receive the citation. You appearance date is noted on your citation, bond, summons, or release papers. You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court.* A phone call does not constitute an appearance. *Juveniles, persons under the age of 16 at the time of the citation, must enter their appearance in open court with a parent present. * Minors, persons under the age of 21 who received a citation for an alcohol offense or under the age of 18 who received a citation for a tobacco offense, must make their appearance in open court.