When the evidence is stacked very high against you, sometimes you may be advised to plead “no contest”. This means that you do not contest the charges in criminal court and will accept whatever punishment you’ll receive. This is better in cases where a guilty plea may land you in greater trouble, such as when there is a pending civil case. A “no contest” plea is not an admission of guilt, so it can’t be used as effectively in the civil court.
One such plea happened in Los Angeles County for a DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter case. The defendant in the case is expected to serve four years and eight months in prison for his actions. In January, he got in an accident at Stevenson Ranch. It was a single vehicle accident where the passenger died and two others in the back seats were injured.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, a DUI lawyer can advise several different options. It all depends on the weight of the evidence against you and the circumstances of the trial. Sometimes a plea of no contest is in your best interest, and sometimes it is not. The only way to know for sure is to take your case to an experienced DUI defense lawyer and have them examine the evidence.
If you have been charged with DUI and you live in Los Angeles, you cannot afford to waste time. The sooner you can get your information in front of a lawyer, the better your chances will be of reducing or eliminating the charges. For more information and a free consultation, call our offices or use our contact form. We will fight on your behalf.