My goal is to get a PI dismissed and eventually expunged. Would it be a bad idea to plead "No Contest?"
Criminal Defense Attorney
If your goal is to get this expunged, then you need to ask for deferred probation. If the deferred is completed then you will be eligible for expunction.
The information provided is not advice but a legal perspective and you should schedule a consultation with the lawyer of your choice.
I concur with ms. Kemp. Talk to a criminal defense attorney in your area who handles PI and expunctions
When dealing with a Public Intoxication charge it is important to realize that an expunction of the arrest record will not be possible if the underlying charge is not appropriately dealt with. Pleading "No Contest" allows the judge to find you guilty and such a plea should not be given. It would be best for you to hire an attorney who can assist you in this matter and then assist you in obtaining the expunction. A Public Intoxication charge, while a class C misdemeanor, is a more serious offense than a traffic ticket and the consequences for not dealing with it appropriately can have long lasting effects.
DUI / DWI Attorney
It would be a bad idea to handle it yourself. This is a legal matter. If it's important for you to get it expunged, then hire an attorney. If you just want to fool around with it and see what you can do on your own, then by all means handle it yourself.
If you want to save money, you can cut your own hair - but you may not like the results! The same applies to practicing law!
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