Pleas: Guilty, Not Guilty and No Contest

Not guilty plea

There are three possible pleas in a criminal defense case: Not Guilty, Guilty, and No Contest that can be entered at your arraignment. Not Guilty Plea A plea of “Not Guilty” means that the defendant denies guilt, and will require that the prosecutor prove the criminal charges at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. If you enter a plea of “Not … Read More

What Is An Arraignment?

Arraignment

  The Arraignment is the defendant’s first appearance in court. If the case was initiated by a citation issued from a police officer (like in an excessive speed case, for example), the arraignment date appears at the bottom of the citation. If the case began with a summons and complaint, which may be mailed to or served on the defendant … Read More