O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.1: Georgia Nolo Contendere Pleas
If you’ve been charged with DUI, you have a number of options to consider regarding how your case is handled. At your first court appearance or arraignment, you’ll be read your rights, and an attorney will be appointed to represent you unless you are able to afford to hire an attorney of your own choosing. Once you meet with your attorney, you’ll be able to decide the best course for your case. You have a number of options. You can go to trial or enter a plea. If you decide to enter a plea, you can enter a guilty plea or what is known as a no lo contendere plea. A no lo contendere plea is a method of entering a plea without admitting your guilt.
Entering a Guilty Plea vs. Going to Trial
The individual facts and circumstances of your case will determine if it’s most beneficial for you to enter a guilty plea or go to trial. Depending upon the quality and quantity of evidence against you, it is sometimes beneficial to challenge the evidence at a trial. In other instances, your attorney might be able to negotiate a lower sentence for you in exchange for a guilty plea.
No Lo Contendere Plea
In certain situations, it may be beneficial to enter a no lo contendere plea. This type of plea operates like a guilty plea without admitting your guilt. It is in the judge’s discretion to accept or reject a no lo contendere plea. Certain qualifications must be met before a no lo contendere plea will be considered. Most importantly, your blood alcohol content must not have been over 0.15, and you must file a verified petition with the court that effectively establishes that a no lo contendere plea is in the best interest of justice.
Hiring a Qualified Attorney
If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, you need the assistance of a qualified attorney to protect your rights and minimize the impact of a DUI on your criminal record. A qualified DUI or criminal defense attorney will be able to discuss your legal options and advise you of the best course of action depending upon the individual facts and circumstances of your case. Call today or fill out our online form now for a free analysis of your case by a qualified DUI attorney in your area.