If I was arrested on a theft of services charge, is there anyway I can plead guilty without having to go to court?

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If I was arrested on a theft of services charge, is there anyway I can plead guilty without having to go to court?

The arrest was made after I drunkenly jumped over a subway turnstile after a football game. I am currently 5.5 hours away from the area and would hate to have to actually go to court. The reason I ask is because there is no phone number listed on the ticket citation. I should also mention I have one prior arrest, a misdemeanor of possession of trace amount of marijuana 3 years ago.

Asked on March 20, 2014 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, no--a guilty plea requires showing up in court to accept the plea and confirm to the judge that you are doing it freely and voluntarily. That doesn't mean you can't ask: try contacting the court before which you'll have to respond. You should be able to get the phone number from the web.


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