If I have a pre-trial regarding careless driving, do I need a lawyer?

Just what is a pre-trial anyway? Will I get to talk to the judge about my case and possibly get judgment then and there? What happened was, I had a traffic violation for careless driving. It was an honest mistake and I have had a clean driving record for 20 years. With this charge, there is a threat of jailtime if I’m found guilty. I pled “not guilty” at the arraignment because of this, however I am willing to plead “no contest”if it just ends this without jail.

Asked on October 23, 2014 under Accident Law, New Mexico


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I would seriously consider hiring an attorney.  A pretrial or preliminary hearing is held after the arraignment where one pleased not guilty.  It is before a judge not a jury and the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to force the defendant to stand trial. I would get help.

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