i got a citation for theft under $50 (class c misdemeanor) and my plan is to request deferred disposition on my court date. i am guilty and there is evidence against me (video surveillance) but will my chances get any better if i plead no contest instead of guilty?
No contest is used in cases in which a civil suit may be forthcoming, or one is not truly admitting guilt but figures they would be found guilty. It really has no relevance in your situation.
If you ask for a deferred disposition (which is what you really need), you do not plead anything. The case is given a reset with conditions. If you meet the conditions, when you return the case will be dismissed and in the future you can hire a lawyer to expunge it.
In Texas a no contest and guilty plea means the same thing. Just can't use a no contest plea against you in a civil case
Mr. Churak's answer is spot on. If you plead guilty and the store later wanted to sue you for damages the guilty plea would count against you. A no contest plea will not.
Very little difference. Mainly effects liability if a civil action is forthcoming. For purposes of criminal proceeding they are virtually the same
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