After a citation (ticket) is issued, the defendant must appear in court for an arraignment. At this first appearance, the court will advise the defendant of their rights and accept a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest (means you are not challenging the charges but are willing to accept the consequence).
Pleading Not Guilty
If a plea of not guilty is tendered, the court will assess a $25 trial fee and set a trial. The trial may be a trial to the court or a trial to jury. A trial to jury may be a jury of a minimum of 3 jurors or a maximum of 6 jurors. If defendants desire a trial by jury, they must make the request in writing, within 20 days of the arraignment date and include a jury fee of $25. In addition, defendants must specify the number of jurors they wish at the time they make the request or they will be tried automatically by a jury of 3.
Pleading Guilty or No Contest
If a plea of guilty or no contest is entered, there will not be a trial and the court will proceed to sentencing. Before deciding how to proceed, defendants should consider the information below relating to payment at the counter and deferred sentencing.