If you’re innocent of the crime that prosecutors have charged you with, then you’ll want to put up a solid defense to the charges that you face. If you’re guilty, though, then you may want to see if prosecutors will plea bargain with you. At least 90% of all criminal cases end in plea deals.
Prosecutors are often open to plea bargaining because it saves them the time and resources needed to take a case to trial. It can be advantageous for defendants to accept plea deals as well. You’ll want to learn more about the benefits of doing so.
Many defendants see the potential of facing reduced charges as the greatest benefit associated with accepting a plea deal. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a deal with prosecutors that allows you to plead a felony charge down to a misdemeanor and even get some charges dropped completely.
A misdemeanor conviction may have less of an impact on your ability to get a job and a home in the future than a felony would. A plea deal can also help you avoid stigmatizing charges like DUI or rape.
Generally, a reduced charge means a lighter sentence and maybe no jail time at all. A plea deal may include both a reduced charge and sentence or perhaps just a reduced sentence such as probation or time served.
We all know that juries can be highly unpredictable. A defendant doesn’t have to put their fate in the jury’s hands when they agree to a plea deal. You can also save time, money, embarrassment and avoid potential publicity by avoiding a jury trial.
Every criminal case is different. The best thing you can do is seek experienced legal guidance to understand your rights. You must then weigh your options and ultimately make the decision that’s best for you and your family.
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