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If you are not present for the Initial Appearance, a no contest plea will be entered on your behalf and you will be adjudged guilty. You will then have 60 days to pay your citation. If you fail to pay within the 60 days, your driver's license will be suspended for 1 year, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and you will be sent to the State of Wisconsin for collections.
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The date on your citation is the date of your initial appearance. An initial appearance is your opportunity to enter a plea to the charge. You may plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. The initial appearance is not the pretrial or trial date. If you plead guilty or no contest, the court will find you guilty and the matter will be resolved at the initial appearance. Be prepared to pay the citation at that time. If you require a payment plan, be prepared to make a minimal payment. If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for a pretrial conference with the City Attorney at a later date.
Your appearance is not required at court unless indicated on the ticket with the appearance required box checked. If you are planning to plea not guilty, you may do so in writing prior to your court date and the court clerk will schedule a pretrial conference and notify you of that date and time by mail. If you want to appear at your court date but can't due to illness or other reasons, you should contact the Clerk of Court. If you have pled not guilty and a pretrial has been scheduled and you do not appear or contact the City Attorney's office directly before the pretrial date and time, you will be found guilty by default.
Prescott Municipal Court holds hearings on one Tuesday of each month, depending on the Judge's schedule. Court will be held at Prescott City Hall, 800 Borner Street, Prescott, WI 54021. The Court's 2023 calendar is as follows: