Sometimes the DA will agree to let you enter a no-contest plea, but this is rare on a felony in Dallas. It doesn't have any practical effect on the outcome of the case. It just makes a person feel better.
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Wow. If it's a serious offense as you said... She needs to speak with her attorney.
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The 3 pleas that are possible in a Texas criminal case are:
1. Not Guilty - meaning the defendant denies that he or she did the crime charged
2. Guilty - meaning the defendant admits that he or she did the crime charged
3. No Contest - meaning the defendant basically says he or she is not going to fight the accusation
A defendant can enter his or her choice of these three in any criminal case.
However, a plea bargain usually provides for a plea of guilty in felony cases. This is quite proper because a prosecutor is permitted to offer any terms in a plea bargain that are permitted by law.
If a defendant has questions about how to proceed in a criminal case, the first person to consult is a criminal defense lawyer...the defendant's if the defendant is represented by counsel.
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Your friend can plea no contest. This is not a plea of guilt but a statement that you are willing to take responsibility for the charge. Since a no contest plea is a not a guilty plea it can often save you from civil liability that could have resulted from a guilty plea. If this is a first time offender, a pre trial intervention might also be possible. With a pre trial intervention a defendant does not have to plea and as long as that person does not pick up a new case for one year it gets dismissed. Someone can also plea to a deferred adjudication the court finds that person guilty but withholds a finding of guilt.