Plea Options

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The plea you enter is important. Consider each plea carefully before making a decision. You may enter your plea in person or in writing. 

Not guilty plea

A plea of not guilty means you deny guilt or that you have a defense in your case.  If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to hire an attorney or represent yourself. The court is not required to appoint an attorney for you. You have the right to represent yourself. If you represent yourself, there is a section on “Trials” below on this page to help you understand the trial procedures.

Guilty plea

A plea of guilty means you admit that you committed the charged offense and accept the punishment as issued by the court. A plea of guilty may be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident.

Your options are (1) pay the fine or (2) if eligible, to take a driving safety course. (Refer to the “Traffic Violations” page.) You may pay fines online.

Nolo contendere (no contest) plea

A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) means you do not contest the charged offense. The court will find you guilty of the offense and issue punishment. A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) may not be used against you in a civil suit for damages. 

Your options are (1) pay the fine or (2) if eligible, to take a driving safety course. (Refer to the “Traffic Violations” page.)You may pay fines online.

Use this plea form if you wish to enter your appearance by mail.

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