The law requires you to appear in court on your case. Your appearance date is noted on your citation. Defendants may make an appearance in person or by attorney in open court, by delivering a plea to the court.
You should read the following explanations of all three types of pleas and think carefully before making your decision of which plea you should use:
Plea of Guilty – A plea by which a defendant confesses to the crime with which the defendant is charged, or the verdict by which a defendant is convicted.
Plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) – A plea in which the defendant does not contest the charge. You will almost certainly be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a driving safety course and or court ordered probation. Also, a plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
Plea of Not Guilty – A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the Court that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense in your case, and the that the State must prove what it has charged against you.
Juveniles – All juveniles under the age of 17 must appear in open court for all proceeding in their cases. The parent of a juvenile charged in the Municipal Court is required to be present in court with their child.
Courtroom Dress code – To be permitted in the Courtroom, you must dress appropriately.