This is my first offense, I had been drinking and do not recall the entire situation. The criminal complaint states I apparently walked up behind an officer and was called back by another officer I did not respond, he gabbed me and I struggled and was thrown to the ground and arrested by the officer calling me back.
Should I plea no contest? I am being arraigned tomorrow morning.
What Does No Contest Mean
No contest makes some sense because, unlike a guilty plea where you admit guilt, you have no recollection but do not contest the officers' account. Keep in mind a no contest plea means you will be found guilty the same as someone pleading guilty. So if you want to fight the case and try and get the charges dismissed at a later date, you should plead "not guilty." When in doubt, plead not guilty to keep your options open.
If you decide to plead no contest and the court therefore finds you guilty, you will face from 0 (probation) up to 364 days in jail. You are depending on the mercy of the court and without a lawyer you can't get the charges dismissed or reduced. That being said, under these facts I don't imagine a good judge giving you any jail time. Good luck tomorrow!