PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE A JUVENILE THAT HAS RECEIVED AN ALCOHOL CLASS "C" OR TOBACCO OFFENSE YOU ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT "C" ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO OFFENSE, OR A MINOR WHO HAS RECEIVED
TO ENTER YOUR PLEA.
Your decision on what plea to enter is the most important decision you will have to make.
Whether you feel that you are guilty or not, we suggest that you read the Plea Explanations
before making your decision.
PLEA OF GUILTY
By 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. (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 that you were at fault or are the party responsible for the accident).
PLEA OF NOLO CONTENDERE (NO CONTEST)
A plea of "nolo contendere" means you do not contest the state's charge against you. You will
be found guilty upon a plea of "nolo contendere", but it is not an admission by you that you are
guilty. Also, a plea of "nolo contendere" or "no contest" cannot be used against you in a civil suit
for damages as can a plea of guilty.
PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny guilty in this case, and
that state must prove what it has charged against you. If you plead not guilty, you have the right
to a trial by judge or jury. You will need to decide whether to hire an attorney to represent you
at trial. You may defend yourself, but no one else except an attorney may represent you. Court
appointed attorneys are not provided at the Municipal Court level.