Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each plea carefully before making a decision. If you plead guilty or nolo contendere in open court, you should be prepared to pay the fine and court costs. You must appear in person or by mail with your plea within 10 days of receiving the Citation.
IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE CHARGE(S) BY THE APPEARANCE DATE SHOWN ON THE CITATION, AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE WILL BE FILED AGAINST YOU FOR VIOLATE PROMISE TO APPEAR (FINE $253.00) AND WARRANTS WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST. ADDITIONALLY A FAILURE TO APPEAR OR SATISFY A JUDGEMENT ORDERING THE PAYMENT OF A FINE AND COSTS IN THE MANNER ORDERED BY THE COURT MAY RESULT IN THE DENIAL OF A RENEWAL OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE. A JUVENILE WHO FAILS TO APPEAR BY THE TIME AND DATE ON THE CITATION MAY HAVE THEIR LICENSE SUSPENDED. WARRANT FEES OF $50.00 WILL BE ASSESSED FOR EXECUTING OR PROCESSING A WARRANT.
Plea of Not Guilty
A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt and require the State to prove the charge. A plea of not guilty does not waive any of your rights. A plea of not guilty does not prevent a plea of guilty or no contest at a later time.
Plea of Guilty
By a plea of guilty, you admit the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged and that you have no defense or excuse for your act.
Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest)
A plea of Nolo Contendere means that you do not contest the charge against you. The difference between a plea of guilty and nolo contendere is that a no contest plea may not later be used against you in a civil suit for damages. If you plead guilty or nolo contendere, you will be found guilty and should be prepared to pay the fine. A plea of guilty or nolo contendere waives all of the trial rights. If you are unable to pay the entire fine and costs, you should be prepared to document and explain your financial situation.