Responding To A Ticket or Citation

Your court date is usually found on your citation. You may contact the court to ask, about your court date. A phone call to the court does not count as an appearance on the charge. 

You may enter a plea in court, by writing to the court, or by paying your fine. 

Understand Your Rights:


You are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
You have the right to remain silent and to refuse to testify without consequences.
You have the right to retain a lawyer.
You may also represent yourself as a pro se defendant. 
You have the right to receive a copy of the complaint before trial as well as other information the state has about your case, called Discovery.
You have the right to a jury trial. 

If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your appearance in court. 

Entering A Plea:


Understand that if you plead "guilty" or "no contest" you are waiving your right to a trial. You will then be sentenced. The item may then be reflected on your record. In limited circumstances, you may be able to have the item removed from your record. See "Options to Trial and Conviction" below. 

To enter a plea, you may come to court or send a written plea. If you send a written plea, you will need to follow up to make sure that your written communication was received and also to follow-up on your court order. 

Not Guilty means you are contesting the case.

  • The case will be set for a required pre-trial date and then a trial. This docket takes place most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Guilty means you are admitting the offense.

  • You will be adjudicated and sentencing will take place.
  • The item may be reflected on your record.
No Contest/Nolo Contedre means you are not admitting or denying the offense. 
  • You will be adjudicated and sentencing will take place.
  • The item may be reflected on your record.


Options to Trial and to Conviction

Dismissals

  • If you plead “guilty” or “no contest,” the item will be reflected on your record unless you qualify and receive one of the following options:


Driver’s Safety Course

  • A driver’s safety course is one way to keep the item off your record. You must qualify to be in the program and then successfully complete the program in order to keep the item off of your record. 


Compliance

  • A compliance dismissal is a legally recognized dismissal for an item that the law allows to be dismissed by bringing the matter up to date before your court date.  You must be “on-time” to qualify for this dismissal and it must be recognized as being able to be dismissed by law.


Teen Court

  • Teen Court is a way to keep an item off the record of a young person, while addressing the underlying reason that the person was brought to court. Teen Court is a successful way for a young person to learn and not re-offend.