When you receive a citation, you must enter a plea on the charge. The plea you enter is very important so please consider each plea before making a decision. You may enter your plea in person or by mail.
Nolo Contendere (No Contest) Plea
A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) means that you do not contest the charges against you and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury. A plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit for damages (i.e., traffic accident for which you are subsequently sued).
A plea of guilty means that you admit you committed the charged offense and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury.
Not Guilty Plea
A plea of not guilty means you are informing the Court that you are not guilty or have a good defense for your case. You must enter not guilty by the appearance date located on the bottom of the your citation. You must inform the Court whether you want a trial by judge or jury. Upon receipt of your plea, your case will be scheduled on the pretrial docket. At this docket, you will be able to speak with the prosecutor who will discuss with you the nature of your case. You will be required to appear in person or by attorney.