Republic of Ireland Law
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1. Yes, you can change your plea in a Circuit Court prosecution where you have already entered a guilty plea. However, be aware that upon the trial actually occurring, you will be cross-examined upon why you first entered a guilty plea so you will have to have a good response to this question. Be aware that you will have to be arraigned again in Court and the plea put to you again. This time be sure to plead "not guilty" if this is what you want to do. However, the fact you have now entered a Not Guilty plea will not affect your trial. The trial will proceed upon the evidence tendered. You will not be prejudiced by having entered a Guilty plea save to the extent that the Guilty plea and why you made a Guilty plea will be something you will be questioned about.
2. Accordingly, I would suggest you speak with your solicitor and seek to have your Guilty plea withdrawn and a fresh plea of Not Guilty entered. Be aware that this time you will have to give firm instructions to your solicitor and barrister about how you want the case run. Don't change course again.
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