A no contest plea – known as nolo contender in legalese – means that the defendant does not contest the charges, while at the same time, does not plead guilty or innocent either. There are several reasons why a person would choose to make a plea in this manner.
First, pleading no contest is mainly a move that affects the civil aspect of a crime. For instance, if an individual charged with a DWI wanted to avoid an automatic civil lawsuit that could cost him or her an ample amount of money, he or she could plead no contest, making it more difficult for anyone seeking a victory in civil court.
The second reason is to avoid potentially negative repercussions in regards to employment status. By pleading no contest, a defendant is essentially ending a case without actually admitting guilt.
Under Texas law, a defendant can plead no contest in both felony and misdemeanor cases. When pleading no contest, a judge is obligated to inform the defendant of important facts, such as giving up his or her right to a trial by judge or jury.
Once a defendant pleads no contest to a criminal charge, then the case is done. The judge will enter judgment in the case giving a sentence based on the facts and negotiations made between the prosecutor and defense lawyer.
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Before you consider if pleading no contest is the right move in your case, the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz can counsel you and help you determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. Do not risk your rights, reputation, and freedom without our experienced and reliable legal assistance.