Plea Options Plea of Guilty
By entering a plea of guilty, you admit you committed the offense charged against you. The state has the burden of proving that you violated the law. You should understand a plea of guilty may be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident at the time of your offense. Another party can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you pled guilty to the traffic charge.
Plea of Nolo Contendre (No Contest)
A plea of no contest means you are not contesting the charge against you. You will be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a Driver's Safety Course and/or deferred disposition. A plea of no contest cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for any damages that may have resulted from any accident that may have occurred at the time of your offense.
Plea of Not Guilty
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny any guilt or that you have a defense in the case and the state must prove the charge against you. Once you enter your plea of not guilty before the judge, your case will be set for a trial. You may choose to have a jury trial or a trial before the judge. You may also choose to represent yourself or hire a licensed attorney to represent you. For additional information please see the trial section on the Court Procedure page.