Understanding Your Citation

  • Review the information given to you by the officer at the time of your citation. This sheet contains information on ticket prices, entering a plea and choosing Defensive Driving.
  • 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.
  • Pay your ticket and request Defensive Driving or a payment plan before the court date listed on the ticket, or appear before the court on that date and time.
  • If you fail to make your appearance, an additional Violation of Written Promise to Appear ticket and warrant for your arrest will be issued. 
  • Enter a plea. Only the person whose name appears on the citation (other than a licensed attorney) can enter a plea.

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 plus all court costs.
  • No Contest (or Nolo Contendre): This plea means you are not contesting the offense. You are not admitting or denying that you committed the offense. However, you will still be responsible for paying the applicable fine plus all court costs.
  • Not Guilty:  Entering this plea means you are stating to the court you believe you are innocent 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.