Pleas & Payment Options
You should read the following explanations of all three types of pleas and think carefully before making your decision of which plea you should use:
Plea of Guilty – By a plea of guilty, you admit that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense or excuse for the act. A plea of guilty can be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident (another party can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you pled guilty to the traffic charge).
Plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) – A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the State’s charge against you. You will almost certainly be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a driving safety course and/or court ordered probation. Also, a plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
Plea of 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 in your case, and that the State must prove what it has charged against you. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to hire an attorney to represent you or represent yourself in court.
Plea Form (PDF)
- Option 1:
Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere (no contest) in writing and pay your ticket on or before your appearance date noted on the citation. Pleading guilty or nolo contendere can be accomplished with a signed plea form sent by mail or by coming to the office. Please call the court office for the fine amount and court costs, at (512) 515-5410. Mail your plea and payment to:
Liberty Hill Municipal Court
P.O. Box 1920
Liberty Hill, Texas 78642
If you are financially unable to pay a fine and/or court cost in full (one payment), there are other options, such as time-payment plans and performing community service hours instead of paying the fine and court costs. In certain situations in which a person cannot perform community service and that person is financially unable (Indigent) to pay their fine and court cost on a time payment plan the Court will hear sworn testimony and look at evidence concerning your financial situation to help you resolve this matter. In certain severe situations the judge can reduce the fine and court costs or eliminate them completely, depending on the severity of your financial situation. Community service options have been expanded by the Texas Legislature to include: (a) attending work and job skills training; (b) a preparatory class for high school equivalency exam; and (c) service at an educational institution. Should you have any questions regarding these options, please contact the Court.
- Option 2:
Plead not guilty. This can be accomplished by a signing a plea form or by coming in person to the Court office to request a trial. This must be done on or before the appearance date noted on citation. The case will be set for pre-trial session prior to a trial date being scheduled. A courtesy letter will be provided advising you of court appearance date.