Municipal Judge

The Llano Municipal Court is a court of non-record and operates as the judicial branch of the City of Llano. The judge is responsible for presiding over trials and other court proceedings, for performing magistrate functions, and for the general administration of the court. To learn more about the Llano Municipal Court Presiding Judge Jim Dear, view Judge Dear's Biography.

Entering a Plea
Under our American system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. On a plea of not guilty, a formal trial is held. As in all criminal trials, the state is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt of the offense charged in the complaint before a defendant can be found guilty by a judge or jury.

Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each plea carefully before making a decision. If you plead guilty or nolo contendre (no contest), you should be prepared to pay the fine and court costs.

Prior to Entering Your Plea
Before entering your plea, you should understand the following:
  • The state has the burden of proving that you violated the law (the law does not require that you prove you did not violate the law)
  • You have the right to hear the state's evidence and to require the state to prove you violated the law
  • A plea of guilty may 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 plead guilty to the traffic charge)

For more information, please visit the Court Procedures page.

Legal Advice & Procedural Questions
The judge cannot discuss the merits of a pending judicial proceeding prior to trial (Cannon 3(5), Code of Judicial Conduct) if a plea of not guilty is entered. This means the judge cannot discuss your citation with you, until after you have entered a plea of guilty or no contest. Staff is available to discuss procedural questions only.