A plea is an answer to the charges against you. You must enter a plea of guilty, no contest or not guilty.
- A “guilty” plea means that you admit that you committed the offense(s).
- A “no contest” plea means that you do not want to contest the charges. You are not admitting guilt, but you are allowing the judge to find you guilty.
- A “not guilty” plea means that you deny guilt. Your case will be set for trial, and the City will be required to prove that you committed the offense(s) beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your “plea” may follow a “plea negotiation” with the City Prosecutor, either on your own or through your attorney. The City Prosecutor is not required to conduct plea negotiations with you.