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Yes, you can change your plea because you haven't gone to trial yet. I would recommend that you plead no contest to the charges just to keep a guilty plea off of your record.
If you were appointed a public defender, you can contact his/her office and ask to get a new hearing set where you can plea to the charges, pay the fine and be gone.
If you were not appointed a public defender, you can contact the court clerk and ask to be given a new hearing date to enter a plea.
My charges are under a criminal taffic so how can I keep the guilty plea off my record?
If you plead no contest, it will have the effect of a guilty plea, but the official records will reflect no contest.
"No contest" is defined as a criminal defendant's plea that, while not admitting guilt, the defendant will not dispute the charge. The plea is preferred over a guilty plea, which can often be used against the defendant in civil or other litigation.
The result is essentially the same in terms of court disposition, but it keeps a guilty plea off of your record.
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