Pleas / Options
You should read the following explanations of all three types of pleas and think carefully before making your decision of which plea you should use. Information about Deferred Dispositions is available at the bottom of this page.
Plea of Guilty – By a plea of guilty, you admit that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense or excuse for the act. A plea of guilty can be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident (another party can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you pled guilty to the traffic charge).
Plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) – A plea of nolo contendere means that 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 driving safety course and/or court ordered probation. Also, a plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
Plea of Not Guilty – A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the Court that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense in your case, and that the State must prove what it has charged against you. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to hire an attorney to represent you or represent yourself in court.
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Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere (no contest) in person or by mail and pay your citation before the appearance date listed on your citation or no later than 15 days from arrest. Payments received by mail that do not indicate a plea will be processed as a Nolo Contendere plea. Please call the Court office for the fine amount and court costs, at (512) 930-3625. The mailing address is:
Georgetown Municipal Court
P.O. Box 1424
Georgetown, Texas 78627-1424
Plead Not Guilty in person or by mail. This can be accomplished by a letter through the mail or by coming in person to the Court office to request a court setting. This must be done prior to the appearance date listed on your citation or no later than 15 days from arrest. If you plea Not Guilty, the case will be set for an arraignment session prior to a trial date being scheduled. Arraignment sessions are held weekly and trial sessions are held once per month. Both sessions are held on a Wednesday. A courtesy letter will be mailed reminding you of your court date and time approximately ten days prior to your scheduled court session. If you take your case to trial, you will need to bring your witnesses with you on the day of the trial.
Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere (no contest) in person or by mail and request a court setting to discuss your circumstances with the Court. This must be done prior to the appearance date listed on your citation or no later than 15 days from arrest. Arraignment sessions are held weekly, on a Wednesday. If you request this option, you will be mailed a courtesy letter reminding you of your court date and time approximately ten days prior to your scheduled court session.
**Please contact the court for other options that may be available.
Deferred Disposition is a type of probation that may be available to eligible defendants upon recommendation by the prosecutor or at the discretion of the court.
If the period of probation is completed by the defendant without any violation of the conditions of probation, at the end of the probationary period the charge will be dismissed and no record of conviction will result.
Terms of probation may include, but are not limited to, refraining from committing certain violations during a specified time period, attending a defensive driving class, completing an alcohol or tobacco awareness class, or completing a specified number of community service hours. Deferred Disposition will not be granted without a formal court appearance by the defendant. Any violation of the conditions of probation may result in a conviction being entered against the defendant for the offense charged, and, upon conviction, the maximum fine allowed by law may become immediately due and payable.