Making a Plea

Initial Appearance and Pleas


If you choose to come to court for an initial appearance, you will first meet with the Prosecutor, at which time you will decide on a plea. 
  • If you plead not-guilty, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled.
  • If you decide to plead guilty or no-contest, a forfeiture (fine) will be assessed against you. Before this is done you will be given an opportunity to speak with the Village Prosecutor. You have 60 days to pay the fine.
A defendant may enter one of the following pleas at an initial appearance or pre-trial conference: 

GUILTY - You are admitting guilt to the charge(s) against you.  

NO CONTEST - You do not wish to contest the charge(s) against you. Such a plea will result in your conviction, but you will not be admitting any liability should there be a subsequent lawsuit filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court for personal injury or property damage resulting from the incident for which you were cited. For example, if you were a driver charged for Failure to Yield Right-of-Way in a traffic accident, a No Contest plea is not an admission of guilt and could not be used against you in any lawsuit for damages arising from the accident.  

NOT GUILTY - You feel you have some defense to the charge or believe it is incorrect.