When you have a court case 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 were released on a personal bond, your appearance date is set on the bond.
- If you were released on a Surety bond, your appearance date will be sent to you at the address 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.
- If you have been released on 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 age 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 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.
Courtroom rules of attire and conduct information
- 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 into the Court
- Bring weapons, drugs or alcohol
- Talk loudly in the courtroom
- Answer cell phones while court is in session