If you plead no contest or guilty, you give up the right to have your case decided by a jury, with the assistance of counsel.
Right to Test the State's Evidence
If you plead no contest or guilty, you give up your right to confront, cross-examine and ask questions of the State's witnesses, and those that present physical evidence for the State.
Right to Call Witnesses
If you change your plea from not guilty to no contest or guilty, you forfeit your right to call your own witnesses to trial, even if they don't want to be there.
Right to Testify or Remain Silent
if you decide to accept a plea bargain, you give up the right to tell your version of events, or remain silent; in remaining silent, you silence can't be held against you!
Right to Make the State Prove It!
If you plead no contest or not guilty instead of exercising your right to a trial, you surrender your presumption of innocence during the trial, and you surrender your right to make the State prove their accusations beyond all reasonable doubt- the highest burden of proof and persuasion.
Right to Appeal
If you chose not to have a trial, you give up your right to appeal all matters from the case, including the issue of guilt or innocence. (Although you can appeal errors by the Court, the Clerk, or the Attorneys, within certain time constraints.)
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