GUILTY – You are admitting that you committed the offense and if the police report contains the necessary elements, you will be found guilty and a penalty will be imposed.
NO CONTEST – You are neither pleading guilty nor not guilty, but 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, where personal injury or property damage is involved. If you are convicted, you will be given an opportunity, if you wish, to make a statement, before the Court hears about your conviction record and sets the penalties. Should you need time to pay the forfeiture (if you cannot pay in full) the Court may grant you a reasonable time to pay or consider community service work. If you fail to pay, the court may impose imprisonment in jail; or, suspend your driving privileges (license).
NOT GUILTY – You deny committing the offense. The matter will be adjourned for a pretrial conference with the Prosecutor or set for a Court Trial. You must file a Not Guilty Plea either electronically Not Guilty Plea Form (Electronic)or by mail Not Guilty Plea Form (Mail) BEFORE your initial court date.
If you have any questions, the administrative office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, (262) 334-5700.