Q: What steps do I take to ask for a stay of adjudication for a speeding ticket (misdemeanor) or Plea of no contest?
I'm trying to plead guilty with an explanation, any advice will be helpful
A: "Pleading guilty with an explanation" to a judge will result in a conviction and perhaps reduced fine. But to ask for a "stay of adjudication" or better, the defendant or his or her defense attorney will need to speak with the prosecuting attorney (or in some metro counties, the court administrator acting as "hearing officer" prior to a court date setting). If they refuse to offer a "keep it off my driver's license record" outcome, it's best to set the matter on the court calendar for trial. If you still have questions about this, call a criminal defense attorney.
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