No person other than the person or their attorney who received the citation may enter a plea. Plea options are as follows:
This means you admit that the act is prohibited by law and that you committed the act charged. Before entering a plea of guilty you should first understand the following:
- The State has the burden of proving that you violated the law.
- You have the right to hear the State’s evidence and to require the State to prove you violated the law.
- A plea of guilty can be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit.
NOLO CONTENDERE (NO-CONTEST)
This means you do not contest the State’s charge against you. You will be found guilty, unless you are eligible and complete a driver safety course or deferred disposition. A no-contest plea may not be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
This means you are denying guilt and requiring the State to prove the charge filed against you. After entering a plea of not guilty you will choose to either have your case heard by a jury or waive your right to a jury trial and have a bench trial.
Attendees to the Alpine Municipal Court should adhere to the guidelines found on Rules of Attire and Conduct.