I was given the advice to plead "no contest" to a speeding ticket. What does that mean and what are the implications?

Asked about 2 years ago - Orlando, FL

I recently got a speeding ticket on the 408. I have never in my life gotten a ticket. I was told to go to court and plead no contest so I don't get the points. I have a court date next week and have no idea what do or say to them.

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  1. David Alexander Russomanno

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    Answered . No contest simply means you are not contesting the charges (you are not admitting guilt, but you are not going to fight the charges and will accept a sentence).

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  2. Matthew Phillip Konecky

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    Answered . I agree with the other attorney, you are not admitting guilt, you are simply stating you do not want to contest the charges anymore. Unless you were speeding significantly you should be fine. If you are still unsure, you should hire an experienced ticket attorney to help with your case.
    Good luck.

  3. Summer Rae Goldman

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    Answered . Entering a no contest plea does not automatically mean you will not get points on your driver's license record. To avoid points request that the judge or hearing officer withholds adjudication of guilt.
    Good luck

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  4. Annemarie Rose Rizzo

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    Answered . I would recommend speaking to an experienced traffic lawyer before you enter any plea. As stated by other responses, stating no contest does not ensure you will not receive points or other sanctions I'm sure you are hoping to avoid. There may be legal defenses to your ticket that you could explore in court. Additionally, depending on the speed of the ticket you may be facing additional consquences outside of just a fine and points. Before you head to court speak with an experienced lawyer.

  5. Sarah Lynn White

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    Answered . Pleading no contest will not mean that you do not get a point, it is as my colleagues have said not admitting guilt, but it is treated the same way as a guilty plea by criminal courts. You can plead no contest and ask for traffic school, that will keep you from getting a point on your driving record.

    The information provided is not intended as legal advice and does not establish an attorney client relationship.... more

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