163. A defendant who transmits neither a plea nor the whole amount of the fine and costs requested is deemed to have transmitted a plea of not guilty.
However, in the case of an offence coming under Division II of Chapter VI that was witnessed personally by a peace officer or a person entrusted with the enforcement of an Act, a defendant who does not enter a plea and does not send the whole or any part of the fine and costs requested is deemed not to contest the proceedings.
1987, c. 96, a. 163; 2005, c. 27, s. 9.