By entering a plea of Not Guilty, you are saying that you are contesting the charges against you.
A plea of Not Guilty results in a trial. The trial date will be sent to you as a “Notice of Trial.” Please read the following, and provide the information requested.
If you enter a plea of Not Guilty, you must return to court on your trial date ready to dispose of your case by trial. If you desire to have an attorney, you should contact a private attorney of your choice or apply for court appointed counsel by speaking with a Court Clerk at (404) 559-6250.
At trial you will have an opportunity to confront and question witnesses against you, and you will have an opportunity to present a defense on your own behalf, if you wish to do so. You are not obligated to do either as you are presumed innocent until the case is proven against you beyond a reasonable doubt. You have a right to remain silent at trial and not participate in any manner, and this will not be held against you. If you want to present evidence or testimony, you will be given the opportunity to do so. If you want to subpoena witnesses on your own behalf, you can obtain subpoenas in the East Point Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. If you want to present documents, charts, photos, etc., you will be given an opportunity to do so.
If you are found guilty at trial of a moving violation, a report will be sent to the Georgia Department of Driver Services and may result in points being assessed against you. Many traffic offense convictions could result in the suspension of your license.
If you are convicted at trial, you are expected to pay any fine that may be assessed against you immediately. A fine schedule for most offenses over which this court has jurisdiction can be found at this link: http://www.ticketsfastpay.com
If you are convicted at trial you have the right to appeal the conviction by filing a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the Superior Court of Fulton County within 30 days of the date of your conviction.
You also have the option of entering a plea of Guilty at trial or paying your ticket in full before your trial date. A plea of Nolo is not guaranteed at trial or arraignment and is completely under the discretion of the Court.
I have read the above and wish to enter my plea of Not Guilty electronically, understanding that this will result in a reset to a trial calendar for a bench trial. All jury trials will be bound over to State Court. I understand that I will receive a notice at the address provided below and that I must reappear and be prepared for a bench trial on my trial date.