Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. You must enter a plea of 1) No Contest, 2) Guilty, or 3) Not Guilty to each violation shown on your ticket. Only the person who received the ticket can enter a plea to the citation. You can make your plea either in person or by mail. Payment of the fine by mail or a drop payment that is accepted by the court constitutes a plea of No Contest.

Guilty Plea

Guilty Plea – By a plea of guilty, you admit that you committed the act charged and that it is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense or excuse for your act.

No Contest

No Contest (Nolo Contendere) Plea – A plea of no contest means that you do not contest the charges against you. A plea of no contest cannot be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit for damages.

Not Guilty Plea

Not Guilty Plea – A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the Court that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense for your case. When you enter a plea of not guilty to a charge, you will be set for trial. You will need to decide whether to retain an attorney to represent you at the trial. You are not required to hire an attorney. You may represent yourself.