Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Apr 01, 2013 in Criminal Law
Many of my clients do not live here in the Savannah area. Some don’t even want to come back after their arrest. Don’t worry, because I resolve many client’s case without them coming back to court through a plea in absentia.
The plea in absentia is a document that permits a client’s attorney to present a two page affidavit to the court in the client’s absence. This documents sets forth the following:
-the charges against the client
-the rights given up by pleading guilty or no contest
-the terms of the plea agreement
-satisfaction with attorney services
Pleas in absentia are only for misdemeanors or city ordinance violations. If you are charged with a felony, you more than likely will have to come back to court with your lawyer unless something is worked out ahead of time.
The one downside to a plea in absentia is that the court generally requires the entire fine amount at the time the plea is entered into court. Normally, a defendant has the life of probation to pay any a fine. If you can afford it, then a plea in absentia is a viable option for you if you live out of town.