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The law requires you to appear in court unless you pay your fine before you are scheduled to appear. If you were issued a citation, your appearance date is noted on the citation. If you have been released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. If you wish to request a continuance, the court will notify you of your new appearance date at the address on file at the court. Only one (1) continuance is allowed and must be reserved for emergencies only.
If you have been released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court. For anyone under 21, please read the specific section on Youth Offenders.
Your first appearance is to determine your plea. If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider when setting your fine, but the judge is not required to reduce your fine. Before pleading guilty or no contest you will want to read the section on pleas.
If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a jury trial unless you waive that right. If you do, the trial will be before the judge. When you make your appearance by mail, the court must receive your plea before your scheduled appearance date. Mailing in a full payment for your fine and costs constitutes a plea of No contest. If you plead not guilty, the court will notify you of the date of your trial.
- Dress appropriately
- Be on time
- Park vehicles responsibly
- Be respectful to all Court personnel
- Monitor children
- Silence cell phones and pagers
- Bring food or drinks in the courtroom
- Bring weapons, drugs or alcohol
- Talk loudly in the courtroom
- Answer cell phones while court is in session
Courtroom rules of attire and conduct information sheet (pdf)
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