My son is in jail and has a court date on the 24th for racing his bail is 18000.00 he couldnt make bail been in jasil one week his sentencing date for the ticket is the 24th, he wants to plead no contest, instead of not guilty because he wants this over and he never wants to go to jail again, this is his first offense, he also turned himself in when he recieved the notice in the mail,my concern is .is the no contest ple his best way??
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Your son needs to consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately. These are very serious charges and an experienced criminal defense attorney would be able to adequately access the charges, your son's defenses, and determine the best way to proceed against the charges. Based on the limited facts posted in your question, we would not be able to tell you if a no contest plea is your son's best option.
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Your son needs to hire an experienced and respected attorney in the Jacksonville area. I highly recommend A Russell Smith (904-355-5633). He is the immediate past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and one of Jacksonville's best.
Considering the Racing charge was found unconstitutional a few years back; an $18,000 bond is absurd and I suspect a good attorney would get it lowered quickly.
That level of bond is unusual for a racing charge, with no prior criminal history. There may be more to the charge than you have been told. An attorney would be helpful to not only getting the bond lowered to a point where your son could bond out, but also to fight the charge. Rememmber any plea to a racing charge could result in loss of driving privileges. With some more information about your son, and his name it would be possible to find out more information prior to the 24th. If you have further questions my office number is (904) 619-8185.
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