Understanding Your Citation

Review the information given to you by the officer at the time of your citation, then:

  • Wait 72 hours after receiving your citation. This will ensure that the court has received the citation and has the information entered into our computer system.
  • Appear before the court on the date and time listed on your ticket; unless you contact the court to pay your ticket, request Defensive Driving, or a payment plan.
  • Only the person whose name appears on the citation (other than a licensed attorney) may enter a plea.
  • If you fail to make your appearance, you will receive an additional Violation of Written Promise to Appear ticket. A warrant may be issued for your arrest.

You may plead either:

  • Guilty: Entering this plea means you are admitting to the offense as charged. You will be required to pay the applicable fine(s), plus all court costs.
  • No Contest (Nolo Contendre): This plea means you are neither admitting or denying that you committed the offense. However, you will still be held responsible for paying the applicable fine(s), plus all court costs.
  • Not Guilty:  Entering this plea means you are stating to the Court your innocence of the charge and wish to have your case placed on the trial docket. You must notify the court if you wish to have a jury trial, or a trial before the Judge.