If I can’t afford an attorney, should I plead not guilty at my arraignment and have one appointed?

Or should I plead guilty or no contest?

Asked on February 25, 2015 under Criminal Law, Alaska

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It would be advisable to plead not guilty at your arraignment and have an attorney appointed.

If you plead guilty or no contest, that ends the case, but that conviction will be on your record and may have an adverse effect on future employment opportunities.


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