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When Might an Individual Plead No Contest?
Interviewer: What sort of cases or situations would be beneficial for someone to plead no contest?
If Impairment Is an Issue and the Individual Has a Hazy Recollection of the Events, a Plea of No Contest May Be Advisable
AZ Criminal Law Team Lawyer: In drug cases or DUI’s where impairment is a big part of it and people can’t remember what happened, a no contest plea may be advised. When there are substantial enough facts or you think that the State will be able to prove that you did it, although you don’t have a memory of it, that’s when the court will let you plead no contest. The State has to tell the court why it’s in the interest of justice that they allow the defendant to plead no contest.
What Is Discovery?
Interviewer: Now I wanted to go into the actual preparation of going to the trial. Let’s talk about the full discovery of the case. What does that refer to, and what’s involved with that?
Discovery Is All the Evidence in a Case, Including Police Reports, Video Recording and Lab Analysis
AZ Criminal Law Team Lawyer: Discovery means obtaining all the things that are involved with the case, so discovery has a lot of meaning. It means the police reports, lab results, and video. Anything that’s involved with the case that the State could use against the person in trial is considered discovery.
Discovery has a lengthy meaning because it can involve thousands and thousands of pages of evidence against someone if there’s some sort of fraud and they’ve been monitoring the person for a long time. All the documents related to that surveillance would be considered discovery in a case, and we obtain that at the pretrial level. Usually all discovery has to be turned over that the State intends to use in a trial.