If you have been arrested for a minor offence and you have been detained in custody, the arresting officer may give you the chance to sign an admission of guilt and pay a fine. This takes the place of a court appearance. It is not the same as bail, which is a sum of money you pay to be released from custody until you stand trial. With an admission of guilt, you admit you are guilty of the charge and pay a fine, and you are set free. There is no trial in court.
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