Can my son stop drug charges from being put on his record if he pleads no contest to them? 8 Answers as of August 25, 2015

My son was arrested by police at 3 a.m. on Tuesday in his own apartment. The cops had a warrant to search the home, and they found pot in one of his roommate’s rooms. Other paraphernalia was found in the house, but not my son’s room. My son has a clean record, and now he is being charged with misdemeanor charges. Will this stay off his record if he pleads ‘no contest?’

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Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
A "no contest" plea is the same as a "guilty" plea in criminal courts. It will show up as a conviction.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/25/2015
The Rogers Law Firm
The Rogers Law Firm | Andrea Storey Rogers
Missouri does not have a "no contest" plea option. He will have to hire an attorney to represent him if he wants to avoid having a drug conviction on his permanent criminal record.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 8/20/2015
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Nope. Pleading no contest is the same as pleading guilty.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/20/2015
Connell-Savela
Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
no - depending on the offer, it would stay on his record forever there is a clear defense I would be happy to discuss representation.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/19/2015
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
No contest appears as a conviction on his record, and will suspend his driver's license.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/19/2015
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    No. Guilty = Record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    He pleaded no contest is equivalent to a guilty plea for purposes of the court and conviction. Therefore pleading no contest will result in a criminal record. It appears that he may have a defense. You should engage an attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/19/2015
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    He will have to seal his record after the case. No contest is the same as guilty. Ask for diversion.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/19/2015
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