If you wish to contest a charge, you must appear in court on the date and time indicated on the ticket. In court, you must plead not guilty. A date will be designated for a trial.
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Yes, you can always contest a charge. You have an absolute right to plead not guilty and you are presumed innocent until the Town proves your guilt. The Town has the burden of proof. Unlike a criminal charge, however, the Town need only prove you guilty by a preponderance of the evidence. The Town need not prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.