Plea(s)

Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each plea carefully.

Guilty
When pleading guilty:
  • You admit that the law prohibits the act charged
  • You admit that you committed the act charged
  • Be prepared to pay the fine
Nolo Contendere (No Contest)
When pleading nolo contendere or no contest:
  • You do not contest the State's charge against you
  • You will almost certainly be found guilty
  • May not be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages
  • Be prepared to pay the fine
If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere, you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider when setting your fine - the judge is not required to reduce the fine.

Plea of Not Guilty
When pleading not guilty:
  • You deny guilt, or you do not think the State can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • A trial will be held by Judge or jury.
  • The State must prove the charge that is filed against you.
Failure to Respond
If you fail to respond to the charge(s) by the appearance date shown on the citation or contacting the court within 10 days of citation issuance, additional charges will be incurred and a warrant will be issued for your arrest. A juvenile who fails to appear by the time and date on the citation may have their license suspended.

Early Plea
If you wish to enter a plea of guilty or a plea of nolo contendere you may do so in writing by signing the back of your citation and mailing it with payment to the address indicated on the citation or you may come into the Municipal Court window at City Hall on or before your due date.