Should I consider a plea deal?

The court system in the United States is severely backed up, and trials can often be both lengthy and expenses. With this in mind, if you are facing criminal charges, the court's prosecutor may be willing to offer you a plea bargain in an effort to avoid such trials. Unfortunately, out of necessity or pressure, it is not uncommon for those who stand accused to accept a plea deal regardless of their actual guilt or innocence. It is important to understand what goes into a plea deal to help decide whether it could be right for you.

There are a few factors that are taken under consideration before a plea bargain is considered and a plea deal reached. Among the primary factors considered are the severity of the actual crime itself, the evidence on both sides and the likelihood of a guilty verdict if it were to go to court.

Accepting a plea deal may prove to be far more favorable than a guilty verdict in court. The prosecutor may be willing to offer lesser charges or the dropping of some charges if the accused is willing to plead guilty to lesser charges.

If you are facing criminal charges, considering and accepting a plea deal is not a decision that should be taken lightly. The decision you make today could lead to significant long-term consequences down the road. It may also prove beneficial to have a strong criminal defense team on your side to help you along the way. Having a knowledgeable team at your side may help during a plea negotiation to help you get the best possible offer to protect yourself, your freedom and your future.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Plea Bargains Overview," Accessed Mar. 14, 2017

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