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DearCustomer- It is always best to plead not guilty in a situation like this. These are more serious charges than a simple speeding ticket and there is probably room for negotiating a plea bargain but you cannot do that id you plead guilty. Once you plead not guilty the court will set the matter for a pre trial conference at which time you will have an opportunity to talk with the prosecutor.
Many times the prosecutor is will to either drop one of the charges in return for a guilty plea on the other charge or if you only have one charge against you now sometimes the prosecutor will be willing to reduce the charge. In any event, you can always change the plea to guilty but if you start with a guilty plea there will be no chance for a reduction. This is why you see many people plead not guilty even when you know they are guilty.
This is your best option if you are not contesting the overall charges but just want the best deal possible.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law