Entering a Plea
Before Court BeginsYou must decide upon and enter a plea to the charge against you on or before the appearance date on your citation. If you signed a citation in front of an officer, you did not plead guilty, but only signed a promise to appear in Court on your appearance date. There are three possible pleas to a complaint:
- Nolo Contendere (No Contest)
- Not Guilty
Your decision on what plea to enter is the most important decision you will have to make. We suggest that you read the following explanations of all three pleas before entering your plea.
Plea of GuiltyBy a plea of guilty, you admit that you committed the act charged, that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense for your act. Before entering your plea of guilty, you need to understand the following:
- The City has the burden of proving its case against you. You have the right to hear the City's evidence and to require it to prove its case. If it does not, the law does not require you to prove anything
- If you were involved in a traffic accident at the time of the alleged offense, your plea of guilty could be used later in a civil suit for damages as an admission by you that you were at fault or were the party responsible for the accident.