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Under our American system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until
proven guilty. On a plea of Not Guilty, a trial is held. In all criminal trials, the State is
required to prove the guilt of the defendant "beyond a reasonable doubt" of the
offense charged in the complaint before a defendant can be found guilty by a judge
You are entitled to request evidence material to any matter involved in your case.
Requests must be made at the Coppell Police Department before a guilty or no contest plea is entered or the fine is paid. Entering a guilty or no contest plea and payment of the fine waives your right to request evidence on your case.
Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each
plea carefully before making a decision. If you plead guilty or nolo contendere in open
court, you should be prepared to pay the fine, costs and fees by cash, check, money
order, or credit card.
1. Plea of Guilty - You admit that the act is prohibited by law, that you committed
the act charged, and that you have no defense for your act. Before entering your plea
of guilty, however, you should understand the following:
2. Plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) - You do not contest the State's charge
against you. You will almost certainly be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a court ordered deferred disposition or a driver's safety course.
Also, a plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit
3. Plea of Not Guilty - You deny guilt or you have a defense in your case, and the
State must prove what it has charged against you. If you plead not guilty, you may or
may not hire an attorney to represent you. 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.
If you are not a citizen of the United States of America, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere for the offense charged may result in deportation, the exclusion from admission to this country, or the denial of naturalization under federal law.
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