Ways to Plead

The following explains the ways to plead in a DUI case. There are three ways to plead or have your case resolved. The first way consists of a “straight” guilty plea. A straight plea means you agree with the allegations. The state says that you committed a crime, and you agree to your guilt.

The second way you can plead guilty consists of the Alford Doctrine. The Alford Doctrine means that you do not agree with some, or all of the facts that the state claims happened, however, in light of what you know the state has to prove, you wish to plead guilty and accept a definite disposition rather than risk going to trial and losing, and getting sentenced to a greater penalty.

The final way to plead guilty consists of pleading “nolo contendere”. “Nolo contendere” is Latin for “no contest”. This means that you don’t contest the charge and you don’t put up any defenses to the charge. The judge, after hearing the charges, will find you guilty, and sentence you. A “nolo contendere” plea is often used in situations where you may be sued by another person, perhaps a person with whom you were involved with in an accident, because this type of plea cannot be used against you in a civil case like a guilty plea could.