There are three pleas that a person can give at trial.
1. Not Guilty
2. No Contest
When a individual gives a “not guilty” plea that individual is stating that they are innocent as far as they know to the accusations being made against them. After a “not guilty” plea is given, the court will then arrange a jury and court date at a later time. A person may claim “not guilty” for many reasons.
A few reasons are
1)the person may be innocent
2)the person does not know if what they did was illegal
3)the person thinks they can get away with it.
A “no contest” also known an “nolo contendere” is another type of plea that can be given. A “no contest” plea states that the individual is neither admitting to a crime nor not admitting to a crime. A no contest plea, is not technically a guilty plea, but it has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea bargain.
A guilty plea states that an individual is guilty to all aspects of the accusation. It also means that individual is giving up their right to a fair trial by a jury of their peers. It means that the individual knew they were drunk and willingly decided to drive a vehicle anyways.
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An individual is only given one chance to enter a plea. If that individual later decides that they should have chosen a different plea it is too late. The prosecuting attorney in an individual’s case has tried thousands of drunk driving. The prosecuting attorney is not looking out to give an individual a fair deal. It is not the job of the court to make sure an individual knows the law, an individual’s rights, and the court procedures. For these reasons it is not recommended to enter a plea without first contacting a specialized OWI attorney.
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