Your Court Rights
Even after being pulled over, you have many rights of legal options you can choose to use in order to minimize your charges.
How Can I Plead?
By pleading guilty, you are essentially giving up any chance you may have at reducing or dismissing the charge. This is a way to just hand the judicial system your money without putting up any form of defense.
Plead Guilty With A Reason
By pleading guilty with an excuse, you are attempting to show the court that you are aware of your guilt and yet you have a valid explanation that caused you to commit the violation you did. This typically has a low success rate because once guilt is admitted, the judge will usually dismiss any possible excuses you may have for the charge.
By pleading NoloContender (No Contest), you are essentially refusing to admit guilt directly. This also typically has a low success rate as it is commonly used by people charged with a violation when they have no other defense.
Pleading not guilty is usually the option you should take no matter what the charge may be. Note that pleading not guilty does not mean you never committed the violation, it simply means that those going against you (the prosecution) will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you did indeed commit the violation you are being accused of.
How Can An Attorney Help Me?
What does an attorney do?
Generally, an attorney’s main task is to defend you and your case in a court of law, but it goes further than simply that. An attorney will counsel you and inform you on your rights and the law violations you are being charged with. Typically, for minor cases, attorneys will also typically represent you in court without needing your presence, making your life easier.
Why should I hire an attorney?
You should hire an attorney with experience if you need any of the following;
- Criminal Record Prevention
- Prevention of Future Consequences
Can an attorney get my charges fully dismissed?
Even if the charges against you cannot realistically be fully dropped, an attorney can very well find proper legal procedures and defenses to have the charges reduced to less severe offenses.
How much does an attorney cost?
Attorneys set their own fees and vary based on a number of different criterias. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation prior when you seek legal help in order to give you details about how they can help you and your case.
Q: Can I talk to a lawyer before answering questions?
A: Yes. You have the constitutional right to talk to a lawyer before answering questions, whether or not the police tell you about that right. The lawyer’s job is to protect your rights. Once you say that you want to talk to a lawyer, officers should stop asking you questions. If they continue to ask questions, you still have the right to remain silent. If you do not have a lawyer, you may still tell the officer you want to speak to one before answering questions. If you do have a lawyer, keep his or her business card with you. Show it to the officer, and ask to call your lawyer. Remember to get the name, agency and telephone number of any law enforcement officer who stops or visits you, and give that information to your lawyer.
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