Before a plea is entered, the following information should be considered:
The state has the burden of proving you violated the law.
You have the right to hear the state's evidence and require the state to prove you violated the law.
Plea of Guilty
By entering a 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. A plea of guilty may be used against you in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident.
Plea of Nolo Contendere or No Contest
A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the state charge against you. 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 the guilt or that you have a good defense for your case. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to hire an attorney to represent you. For a plea of not guilty, a formal trial is held, and the state is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important.
If you wish to enter a plea by mail, use the blue form provided to you when you received your citation to indicate your plea and mail on or before your court appearance due date (printed on citation) to the court office at:
1941 E. Jeter Road
Bartonville, Texas 76226