Should I plead guilty or no contest in traffic court?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question unless I’m your attorney.

The problem is that different judges like different pleas, and it also depends upon whether or not the officer’s evidence is in order. I normally don’t decide how to advise my clients until I’ve evaluated the judge who is on the bench, the officer’s evidence, and any other relevant facts. That usually happens at court right before the case is called.

Usually if the officer’s evidence is in order and we’re trying to negotiate the case to a lesser offense, I’d advise a client to plead “no contest.” But that does differ based on all the facts and circumstances of the specific case.

For information about the different types of pleas you can enter check out my video: How Should I Plead In My Traffic Case?

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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