A misdemeanor is considered a minor criminal offense. Although it is considered a minor offense, you still have certain rights under the law. You have the following rights:
- To please guilty or not guilty
- To have a trial by jury, where you could call witnesses on your behalf; to see, hear and question all witnesses against you; to be a witness for yourself or to remain silent (and no comment can be made on your refusal to testify); and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt/
- To an attorney appointed at public expense IF you are indigent (without money to hire an attorney) AND to offense requires a minimum jail sentence, OR the court determines it might sentence you to jail.
By choosing to plead guilty to take advantage of being sentenced to paying the fines/costs related to your case without having a trial, you are waiving your right to a trial of any kind (by judge or jury) and all of the right described above.
By submitting your payment online you are stating that you have read and understand your rights as stated above AND waive your rights as stated above and please guilty to the offense.