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What does NOLT stand for?
No Opposition to Local Time.
What does “No Opposition to Local Time” mean?
It means that the prosecution will allow the defense to offer sentencing alternatives to incarceration without any opposition.
What is a NOLT offer?
It is a type of plea deal offered by the prosecution to the defense, for the defendant to enter a plea in exchange for the prosecution’s recommendation of the defense’s choice of sentencing alternative to incarceration.
What must a defendant plead in order to obtain a NOLT offer?
The defendant must either plead guilty or no contest to the charges against him or her.
What is the difference between a guilty plea and a no contest plea?
A guilty plea is an admission of guilt by the defendant to the charges against him or her. Whereas a no contest plea only means that the defendant gives up the right to contest the charges against him or her.
What are the specifics of a NOLT offer?
In a NOLT offer, the prosecution will not oppose the defense sentencing alternatives for a defendant to be placed on probation for up to five years and/or be ordered to pay fines and restitution instead of serving time in jail.
Who ultimately approves the NOLT offer?
The sentencing judge is responsible for making the final determinations on a NOLT offer.
What types of crimes are not eligible for a NOLT offer?
Serious felony offenses, felony offenses involving deadly weapons, and violent sex crimes.
What must be known before a defendant agrees to accept a NOLT offer?
A NOLT offer will not prevent a conviction; either a guilty plea or a no contest plea will result as a conviction on the defendant’s record. What a NOLT offer can do is reduce the charges against the defendant to a less serious offense, recommend to the judge the alternative sentence provided by the defense, and/or drop one or more of the charges against the defendant.
Who should you contact?
You should contact a criminal defense attorney that has experience with NOLT offers and can look at the specifics of YOUR case and make a STRATEGICAL decision on whether to go to trial or to negotiate a NOLT offer with the prosecution. At Monder Law Group, our attorneys have no reservations about going to trial if it is in our client’s BEST interest. Notwithstanding, we are also aware of the benefits that can come from a successful negotiation with the prosecution. Your defense will consist of our attorneys balancing the risks of proceeding thru with trial and the incentives of a NOLT offer. We will communicate with you at every step of the decision making process, advising you of what the alternatives are but ultimately respecting the route that you choose for your defense to take. At Monder Law Group we will fight zealously on your behalf, whether it is to obtain the best terms for your NOLT offer or to defend you at trial.
If you have any questions about the criminal offers given by the district attorney San Diego, please contact San Diego Criminal Attorney Vik Monder at 619.405.0063 or visit San Diego Defense