Plea Bargains in Criminal Cases
In many criminal cases, a defendant, criminal defense lawyer and prosecutor may decide that a plea bargain is the best way to resolve the case. A plea bargain means that the prosecution and defense lawyer work out a deal where the defendant agrees to plead guilty, often to a lesser charge. In exchange for the guilty plea, the defendant is given a less harsh sentence and may have other related charges dismissed.
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When are Plea Deals Offered?
Plea bargains are not offered in all criminal cases. A prosecutor may consider many factors before making the decision to negotiate a plea deal including:
- The seriousness of the alleged crime
- The weight of the evidence against the defendant
- The probability of jury finding the defendant guilty at trial
The criminal justice system encourages plea bargains because they help alleviate the burden on the court system. If you have been arrested and are offered a plea bargain, consider having a criminal defense attorney review the deal before you accept.
The Benefits of Accepting a Plea Bargain
Although accepting a plea bargain means that you will have to plead guilty to a criminal offense, the benefits of reduced penalties may outweigh the negatives. By entering into a plea deal you may:
- Have reduced fines
- Have reduced jail time
- Accept a lesser charge and not have a more serious crime on your criminal record
After a Plea Deal is Reached
If a plea bargain is accepted, there is no need for a trial. After a plea deal is worked out between the prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, the prosecutor will present the deal to the judge and recommend that the court accept. It is ultimately up to the judge whether to agree.
If the plea bargain is accepted, it will be entered into the record in open court with the defendant present.
Plea Bargain Help from a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Negotiating a plea bargain requires a thorough understanding of criminal law. If you are facing criminal charges and need the help of a lawyer, Total Criminal Defense can help.
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The above summary of plea bargains is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information and advice on plea bargaining, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.