One of the rights that you give up upon entering a plea is the right to remain silent. You should be aware that what you say can still cause the Judge to increase your sentence.
Most Judge’s will ask a defendant if they want to say anything. Other Judge’s will start asking you questions whether you want to answer them or not.
A defendant will rarely better their situation by speaking to the Judge before sentencing. I recommend that a defendant tell the Judge that they have no comment about their actions.
The practical reality is that most Judge’s will accept that and not push the issue. The risk of speaking will most often outweigh any benefit of trying to explain your actions to a Judge.
And remember, if you or a family member has been arrested for DUI in the Cincinnati Area – including: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, and Greene Counties - call me, ROBERT HEALEY, or one of my associates at 513.333.0014. We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Because now is the perfect time to put a team that includes a FORMER POLICE OFFICER and TWO FORMER PROSECUTORS to work….for you!