Appearance and Pleas
If you are under the age of 17 or if you have a minor in possession charge, you and a parent or legal guardian must appear before the judge. Contact the Court for a date. You may visit our Youth/Juvenile Offenders page for more information.
Your signature on the citation is your promise to appear before this court on or before the date that appears on your citation at the clerk's office.
Telephone calls DO NOT constitute an appearance!
You may appear either in person or by mail, photo identification is required when making an appearance.
If your appearance is done via mail, your plea must be postmarked on or before the appearance date on your citation.
If you use the U.S. postal service, it is recommended that all correspondence with the court be mailed Certified-Return Receipt Requested. This is for YOUR Protection, as it is your responsibility to prove that your plea, requests, or any other documents were mailed in a timely manner.
In lieu of appearing on or before your initial appearance date, you can make a plea of Guilty or No Contest and pay your fine in full by mail, online, or use our drop box. Please see our payment options for further details. You can appear in person to request an extension to pay the fine.
Payment of a fine accepted by the court (by mail, online or in person) constitutes a finding of guilty in open court as though a plea of “no contest” had been entered by the defendant. Article 27.14© of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Your Address is Your Responsibility
It is your responsibility to notify the court of any changes in your address. The court is required to ONLY use the last known address in our records
Plea of Guilty: You admit the act is prohibited by law and you committed the charge filed against you.
Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest): You do not contest the State’s charge filed against you.
Plea of Not Guilty: You deny guilt and require the State to prove the charge filed against you, which entitles you to a trial by either judge or jury.