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Should I Make a No Contest Plea?

Posted by Jarrod M. Wilfert | Mar 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

A no contest plea is similar to a guilty plea; however, the defendant is not going to fight the charges but is not admitting guilt. Such a plea informs the court that the defendant wants to avoid trial and grants the court full discretion when determining a sentence, which is often reduced.

Although this option may not sound appealing at first, there are several reasons to avoid trial with a no contest plea.

The following are advantages of pleading no contest to criminal charges:

  • Since a no contest plea helps avoid trial, the outcome of the case will remain private and away from the public eye.
  • If an infraction or misdemeanor case involves a civil lawsuit, a no contest plea in a misdemeanor criminal case cannot be used as evidence in a civil case. However, that is not the case for a felony no contest plea.

If the defendant is given the choice between either pleading guilty or no contest, the prosecution may offer him or her a plea bargain. In a plea bargain, the prosecution may insist that the defendant plead guilty rather than no contest, which may result in a reduced charge or reduced penalties.

Ultimately, varying and complex rules mean that you should consult an experience criminal defense attorney to understand the consequences of any kind of plea in a given case.

For more information, contact our Ventura criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert for more information today.

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Jarrod M. Wilfert

Founding Attorney A Reputation of Excellence Jarrod M. Wilfert has been involved in criminal law for over a decade and as a former Police Officer, Prosecutor and certified Drug Recognition Expert, he brings a unique and aggressive perspective to the practice of criminal defense and civil litig...

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