Iím in Florida. I was charged with a felony to which I plead not guilty. Later, I decided to enter a change of plea based on the offer by the state. I spoke with my attorney about a no-contest plea which is what we discussed and agreed to do. We re-entered court to enter a change of plea to "no contest". Upon speaking with the court, my attorney stated, "we wish to enter a change of plea". Following that, many other things were discussed, and the official "colloquy" took place however, I never (nor did my attorney) verbally stat what the change of plea was to be. The court assumed it was a change of plea to guilty yet, this was never stated. This all has been verified by the actual transcripts from the hearing we have since pulled and reviewed.
Fast forward one year, and now the whole thing is EXTREMELY important. Without getting into much detail, the plea thought to have been entered (guilty) is now causing more legal problems for me. If the record accurately reflected what my change of plea intention was (no contest) I would not be having more issues.
Question, I thought it was per state law that a defendant must verbally speak and clearly state what they plea to the court and that the court must hear and accept it? Anyone know the statute number which contains this procedure? I would like to find that as well as get some idea as what to expect from this whole issue. What would have to be done to correct this problem and have the court record accurately reflect a no contest plea which is what I would have said had I been directly asked????????