No Contest (Nolo Contendere): 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. When you enter a “No Contest” plea, you must pay the fine specified for your violation.
Guilty: By entering a plea of guilty you admit the law prohibits the act you are charged with; you did commit the act and you have no defense or excuse for your act. A plea of guilty may be used against you in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident. When you plead guilty, you must pay the fine specified for the violation.
Not Guilty: 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. When you enter a plea of Not Guilty to a charge, you must then request a court date. You must speak on your own behalf unless an attorney represents you. In the State of Texas, no individual other than the defendant may enter a plea on behalf of another individual (except in case where an attorney is retained).
Be Advised: Failure to handle your citation in a timely manner may result in the issuance of a warrant, denial of vehicle registration and submission of your case(s) to a collection agency where additional fees will be added.