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Pleading Not Guilty v. Guilty v. No Contest

When charged with DUI or any other crime, it is important to understand the difference between pleading "not guilty," "guilty" and "no contest."

Not Guilty:  When a person pleads not guilty to the charges, they are maintaining that they are innocent.

Guilty: When a person pleads guilty, they are admitting they have committed the crime(s) they have been charged with.

No Contest:  When a person pleads no contest, they are neither admitting nor denying they have committed the crime(s) they have been charged with.

How Should I Plead My Case?

Whether a defendant should plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest can only be determined on a case-by-case basis, as no two cases are alike, even when the charges are the same.  At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for your case with as little damage to your rights, freedom, and reputation as possible.  Sometimes it's better for our clients to plead guilty in exchange for a plea bargain.  Other times, it might be better for our clients to plead not guilty and fight the charges in court.  By scheduling a consultation with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney at the firm, we can review the facts of your case and advise you on how we think you should proceed forward.

To schedule a consultation to discuss your case, please contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry today! You can also click here to fill out a free case evaluation.