What is Nolo Contendere in Phoenix, AZ?
3 Types of pleas when facing criminal charges in Phoenix
- Nolo Contendere (No Contest) is a less common plea and it is similar to accepting a guilty plea without actually admitting guilt. When you enter this plea you hold that you are not admitting guilt to a criminal or DUI offense and you accept the conviction, penalties and charges the Judge orders without challenging the charges and evidence at trial.
- A Not Guilty plea may be entered on your behalf by your Criminal defense attorney in Phoenix. A not guilty plea is a denial of guilt. The burden of proof therein lies with the State and the Prosecution to prove that you are guilty of the criminal charges against you.
- A Guilty plea is admitting that you committed the criminal act that you are charged with and you have no legal defense for your actions. When you plead guilty you are waiving your right to retain a criminal defense attorney to defend you against the charges.
Often times, arraignments are merely a formality and very little happens. In fact, if you hire a private criminal defense attorney prior to the Arraignment date, your attorney will most likely file a Notice of Appearance, enter a Not Guilty Plea, and waive your appearance. Your case will then be set for a pre-trial conference (PTC). A pre-trial conference is a court setting in which the status of your case will be reviewed by the court.
In municipal and justice courts a Pre-Trial Conference (PTC) is prearranged after the arraignment. These hearing are less formal than the Initial Pre-Trial Conference in Superior Court. At the Pre-Trial Conference, a plea offer is usually made. At the PTC it is rare for the defendant to appear before the judge unless a plea offer is entered into.
If you have been charged with a crime and are thinking about pleading Nolo Contendere, do not go alone! Contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for guidance, counseling, and a ferocious defense.