You are facing up to 6 months in jail and or a $2000 fine. You will face the same whether you plead no contest or guilty. If you are having to ask this question you should think twice about representing yourself. Have you spoken to your recruiter about a conviction on your record? You should consult with another criminal defense attorney. If you can not afford the services of another attorney you should consider asking the court to appoint you one. Good luck.
Legal disclaimer: My answers are only intended as general legal advice based on my experience. They are not intended to be a binding legal opinion nor to create an attorney-client relationship.
I agree with my colleague who questioned the wisdom of your representing yourself when you have to go to a website such as avvo to ask basic legal questions.
If you were dissatisfied with the lawyer you got, seek the assistance of another.
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The idea that a "court-appointed" attorney isn't as good as a privately retained attorney is a myth, especially in Dallas and Tarrant County, where attorneys are required to have trial experience and current continuing legal education in criminal law and immigration consequences. You may have been connected with a lawyer you didn't click with, or a lazy one, and they are out there, but for the most part, locally, court appointed lawyers here are top-notch.
All that said, get help fast on your case, appointed or retained!
You are facing up to a $2000.00 fine and up to 180 days in jail. A no contest plea in criminal court is considered a guilty plea. It may be in your best interest to hire an attorney if you are having general basic questions like this.