Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers – What is a No Contest Plea?
Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers: Smith & Eulo Law Firm
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime for the first time, you are probably very confused by the whole process. There are charges, bonds, court dates, prosecutors, judges, plea offers, and so many things that you are dealing with for the first time that you probably think you are learning a new language. You need good Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers to help you understand the process, navigate through an often complicated criminal justice system, and get you the best possible outcome for your case. Smith & Eulo Law Firm has experienced Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers that can ease the burden and make sure you are informed and protected every step of the way in your criminal case.
We often get asked about possible resolutions to a criminal case. One way a case can be resolved is thought a plea agreement. Typically, when a plea agreement is reached and the client enters a plea in front of the judge, the client will enter a No Contest Plea. But what is a No Contest Plea? Here is a brief explanation:
What is a No Contest Plea?
A No Contest Plea or plea of Nolo Contendere is a plea that a client enters in order to resolve their criminal case. By entering a plea of No Contest, you are saying that you do not want to challenge the charges against you by going to trial, and you want to give up your right to go to trial in order to accept whatever plea has been negotiated in the case. A plea of No Contest means you are not saying you are guilty, you are not saying you are not guilty, you are saying that you do not want to go to trial and wish to take the plea instead. When you agree to enter a plea of No Contest, you give up certain rights. The most important right you give up by entering a plea of No Contest is your right to go to trial. By giving up your right to go to trial, you waive your right to make the State prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged crime, to make the State present evidence, testimony, and witnesses to prove the alleged crime, and your right to present evidence, testimony, and witnesses to prove you didn’t commit the alleged crime.
Before you enter a plea of No Contest, you should consult and hire the best Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers to represent you in your case. A good lawyer will explain to you the pros and cons of entering a No Contest Plea, and whether or not the plea offer is a good or bad one in your case. If you are looking for experienced, effective Orlando Florida Criminal Lawyers to fight by your side to get a favorable outcome on your case, call Smith & Eulo Law Firm today. Call us today at (407) 930-8912 or visit us at www.smithandeulo.com. We have personally handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases throughout the State of Florida, including all of Central Florida, including Orange, Orlando, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Volusia, and many, many other counties. Smith & Eulo Law Firm is your path to justice.