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What happens when I appear in Mayor’s Court?

As a defendant, you are entitled to be informed of the nature of the charge. If you do not understand the charge, please say so when your case is called. After being informed of the charge, you will be asked to plead either guilty, not guilty, or no contest.

If you plead guilty or no contest a short statement of the facts will be made to the court. If you do not dispute the essential elements of the offense, then the Court will enter a finding. You may then tell the Magistrate any facts which you feel may explain the circumstances or lessen the sentence. If a fine, court costs, or incarceration is imposed, you are expected to make arrangements for payment or serving time that night.

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