Appearing in Court

Appearing-In-Court

The doors open to the public 30 minutes before the start of the docket. Upon arrival, please check in with the court's bailiff and await further instruction.

Appearing Before the Judge

The judge will notify you of the charges filed against you. You will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you wish to continue the case(s) to speak with an attorney you may ask the judge at this time.

Not Guilty Plea

If you enter a plea of not guilty your case(s) will be set for trial. You must appear in court for your trial. Bring any witness and other information you feel is important to your case to present to the judge.

Guilty Plea

A plea of guilty is considered an admission of guilt to the charge(s) that are pending against you. You may offer an explanation. The judge may listen to the circumstances surrounding your case.

Fines and Penalties

If the judge accepts your plea of guilty or finds you guilty after a trial, he or she may order one or any combination of the following:

  • $1 to $1,000 fine and court costs to be paid
  • Up to 1 year in the County Jail
  • Up to 2 years of probation
  • Completion of a program like
  1. Alternative Community Service 
  2. Defensive Driving School
  3. Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program
  4. Alcohol Drug Education Program
  5. Larceny Offenders Program
  6. Pre-sentence Investigation 
  7. Victim Impact Panel

Additionally, points may be assessed against your driver's license for certain traffic violations.

Court Costs

Court costs will not exceed $60.50 and are authorized by state law and county ordinance. If your case is dismissed no court costs will be assessed.