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Lubbock, Texas 79401
P.O. Box 2000
Lubbock, TX 79457
The law requires that you appear in court on your case. If you were issued a citation, your appearance is required within 12 days of the date the citation was issued. You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court. When you make your appearance by mail, the envelope must be postmarked no later than your scheduled appearance date. A phone call or e-mail does not constitute an appearance. An appearance must be made in person or in writing.
A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the charges against you. A plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit for damages (i.e., traffic accident for which you are subsequently sued). When you enter a “No Contest” plea, you must pay the fine and court costs specified for the violation.
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. When you plead guilty to a violation, you must pay the fine and court costs ordered by the court. Before entering your plea of guilty, however, you should understand the following:
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense for your case. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether you want a trial before a jury or before a judge. You will need to decide whether to represent yourself or hire an attorney to represent you. You or your attorney must be present at the trial.