This may be your first visit to this Court and it is our desire that you be fully advised of your rights and the Court's procedures. The Initial Appearance session of the Court is primarily for the purpose of taking your plea to the alleged violation of the law.
ENTERING A PLEA
GUILTY PLEAS: If you enter a plea of GUILTY you are admitting that you committed the offense. You will be found guilty and a penalty will be imposed.
NO CONTEST PLEAS: If you enter a plea of NO CONTEST you are pleading neither guilty nor not guilty. Instead, you merely want to have the matter resolved and pay the penalty. The effect of this plea is that you will be found guilty but you will not be admitting your civil liability for use in other litigation, which may occur when personal injury or property damage is involved.
IF YOU ARE FOUND GUILTY: If you are convicted you will be found guilty, AND:
NOT GUILTY PLEAS: If you enter a plea of NOT GUILTY you deny committing the offense and the matter will be adjourned to a later court date for either a pre-trial conference with the city prosecutor or a Court trial.
If you plead not guilty a pre-trial conference with the city prosecutor will be set. Your personal appearance is mandatory. The judge does not participate in pre-trial hearings, nor does he have to accept any negotiated or amended charge. If a settlement can not be reached at the pretrial, the matter will be set for trial.
FAILURE TO APPEAR
If you fail to appear at your scheduled pre-trial or court trial, the Court will either issue an arrest warrant for your immediate arrest, or will enter a Default Judgment against you.
Only if you have been charged with the offense of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant, are you entitled to a jury trial on a plea of not guilty. You must file a written request for a six-person jury trial within ten (10) days of your initial appearance and post the jury fee.
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