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If you were issued a citation, your appearance date is printed
above the signature line of the citation. If you were released on
bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. If you request a
continuance (read the specific Continuances page), the
court will notify you of your new appearance date. You may appear in person in open court (Minors/Juveniles have a separate
set of rules for their appearance). You also have the right to
hire an attorney to represent you.
Your first appearance is to determine your plea. If you make
your appearance by mail, the court must receive your plea before your scheduled appearance date. Before pleading guilty or
no contest, read the section titled "Pleas." If you plead guilty or
no contest, you waive a jury trial. 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. If you plead not guilty, the court
will schedule a pre-trial hearing. You are entitled to a jury trial
unless you waive that right. If you waive a trial by jury, the judge
will hear your case.
NOTICE: All current court hearings, with the exception of Jury Trials, are being held virtually through Zoom. To request a virtual court date please visit the eCourt Appearance page by clicking here.
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