We work on the honor system here, meaning, if we answer your question satisfactorily, we expect that you will click the "accept" so that we may be paid. You began with one simple question that was apparently answered to your satisfaction and you have posted follow-up after follow-up. Each follow-up was, in turn, answered for you. Further, your questions have now become rather circular as you are asking essentially the same questions over and over again. With this in mind, I would ask that you honor the honor system and click the "accept" so that I may be compensated for my efforts with you. However, responding again....
so is it better to hear what they have to say about it first before i say im not guilty n drag it on?
- The prudent course of action here, as I've previously detailed, would be to go to court, arrive early, and speak with the prosecutor to find out what offer he would make to resolve the case. If you like the offer, take it. If you don't like it, then check on getting an attorney involved, either the public defender or hiring private counsel. Then enter the appropriate plea.
is there a way of knowing the result before stating if your guilty or not guilty?
- Yes, by doing exactly as I've described.
Will the judge give me the oppertunity to speak besides the time he asks me if im guilty or not?
- Perhaps, it really depends on the judge and the amount of time he has available that day. Having said that, the judge really only wants to know what your plea is and, therefore, how to proceed.
can i mention i want to handle it in a way that it wont show up on my record?
- You can tell the prosecutor whatever you like. The one restriction I would mention is that you should avoid making any statements specific to the allegations. In other words, don't make a confession to the prosecutor or the judge. As the other expert already explained, you can ask the prosecutor about doing a diversion program. Such a program would have as an ultimate result the dismissal of the charges.
Is the only way to get is dismissed or lowered in punishment is to speak with an attorney first?
- No, as I've indicated on several occasions, if you get an attorney involved, the hope is to get a better result but no attorney can ethically guarantee a better result. It's possible, again, that you can obtain a satisfactory result on your own by going to that first court appearance and talking to the prosecutor.
can i say i plead not guilty only becuase i would like to have an attorneys help at getting it reudced to an infraction or possibly dissmissed otherwise i plead no contest? or would the judge shut me up way before then?
- At a first court appearance, I doubt the judge will care why you are entering a particular plea, he just want to know what you are doing so he will know how to proceed. Can you explain? Probably. Do you need to explain? No.
Also, several customers have asked how they may direct a question to me in particular. If you specifically want me to assist you in your legal matter, just put "FOR JOSEPH" in the subject line and I will gladly pick up the question as soon as I am on-line.