§62-2-19. Prosecutions relating to license taxes, offenses against
public policy, etc.
On any indictment or presentment founded on any provision of
article twelve, chapter eleven, or article ten, chapter sixty-one
of this code, or for any statutory misdemeanor for which no
imprisonment may be inflicted, process may be issued immediately,
returnable forthwith. If the accused appear and plead to the
charge, the trial shall proceed without delay. If, being summoned,
he fail to appear and plead, the court may render judgment in the
same manner as if he had confessed to the charge in court; and if
the offense be punishable by a fine not fixed by law, a jury shall
be impaneled to assess the same.