So i was pulled over for a traffic violation not having my headlights possesion and operating with a controlled substance they have a toxicology report saying i had THC in my system i admitted to everything on the spot and went home that night now my first court date is coming up and i have been getting lots of different advice like plead guilty they will drop and reduce stuff or plead not gulity and they will give you a fair chance to get off a little easier im not expert and some of the people giving me advice have been through it but im still not sure how to plead and what will happen when i plead either way and what the best thing is to do i dont have money or time for a lawyer cause my court is in a few hours ya ik im dumb someone please help me!
You're not dumb, but avoiding the problem has not helped you. I suggest that you tell the court that you want time to consult with an attorney, and ask if you can get a new court date. DON'T try to get advice from "friends" or people who have been through this. Every situation is different. You should really invest in a lawyer to protect your future and reputation.
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Plead not guilty and ask for a court appointed lawyer if you are indigent. Stop taking legal advice from friends. Just because they've been through the process before does not give them a law degree.
You were legitimately stopped, confessed to using an illegal drug before driving, which confession has now been backed up on its face by a toxicology report. I'm not sure what you expected to happen, but now that you are facing a court date, you have repeated your confession in this public forum, and you still have apparently not bothered to consult a lawyer. If you plead guilty you will be found guilty, period. You need a lawyer. Schedule a consult. Today. If you can't afford a lawyer, go see the public defender to see if they can help. If the charges involve an unenhanced first offense operating under the influence of THC, that is not a crime in WI, and you will need to hire your own lawyer. Good luck.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
If you enter a "guilty" plea, you do not have any leverage in plea negotiations. If you are looking to negotiate, then enter a "not guilty" plea and ask for an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor. Be aware that this discussion will probably not take place on the date you have your first court appearance. You may not think you have time or money for an attorney, but later in life when this is making it difficult to find work, you will be kicking yourself for trying to handle this yourself.
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Nobody can make this decision but you. If you want to fight it,. you need to plead not guilty at or before the first appearance and make a request for administrative review within ten days of the arrest if you want to any chance of saving your license. As noted, requesting a bit more time to think about it is a time honored tradition which will generally not be held against you if you need it, but which will not occur unless you plead not guilty. Keep in mind, however, that at controlled substance conviction may haunt you for your rest of your working life, and an intoxicated driving one will also not do it any favors. Talk to am attorney in the privacy of his his or her office for further help in deciding.
Do not assume that I am your attorney because of my response here, since I would not normally be taking any further action on your case. You can request further clarifications on AVVO or see my past answers here which might help you at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/53401-wi-jay-nixon-1529181/answers.html?sort=recency , or at http://www.lawguru.com/answers/search/attorney/jknixon
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