Withdrawing a Guilty Plea
Sometimes pleading guilty to a simple traffic ticket can appear to be the fastest way to solve a legal problem.
Pleading guilty out-of-court or at the initial court date saves you the time of returning to the courtroom for a trial and can keep you out of traffic school. However, pleading guilty to a point-producing violation can turn into a big problem!
Fines and Court Costs
Although a traffic ticket may seem insignificant when paying the initial court fine and court cost, having a charge on your record can add points to your license causing your insurance bill to increase. However, an attorney may be able to reverse the guilty plea.
How to Withdraw a Guilty Plea
After determining that you wish to reverse a charge, contact a lawyer and discuss your case. The attorney will file appropriate documents with the court. This process usually involves filing a motion to vacate the original plea with the judge. The lawyer will ask the judge to reverse the guilty plea and schedule a new court date.
At this court date, the attorney will discuss your case with the prospecting attorney in order to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation.
Reducing the ticket to a non-moving violation can remove points from your license that would otherwise accumulate and negatively impact your driving life. Removing the points from your license will also keep your insurance costs from increasing.
Don’t Handle this Alone
Working with an experienced defense attorney who is familiar with these types of court and judge jurisdictions for your area and handles these types of cases regularly is very important to the success of your case. Experienced attorneys know how to approach the situation of withdrawing your guilty plea.
For more information, visit the Expungement page.