How could a plea negotiation help me?

We are all human. And humans make mistakes. Often these mistakes are minor, but sometimes they can lead to long-term or even life-long consequences. Perhaps you had a couple drinks and got behind the wheel of car and were arrested under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Or maybe you were at the bar and were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and found yourself in the middle of a fight. Or maybe you just happen to hang out with the wrong crowd and got caught on a drug charge. Whatever the reason, if you are facing criminal charges, it is important to know your rights and to weigh all your options.

Depending upon the circumstances of your arrest, including the seriousness of your offense, the strength and presence of evidence and the likelihood of a guilty verdict, you may be able to work with a prosecutor to negotiate a plea deal. They could negotiate a lesser charge or drop one of the charges if you accept guilt of another charge.

If you are facing serious criminal charges, it is important to protect yourself, your future and your rights by teaming up with a strong criminal defense team before entering the court. Your team can look at the facts and evidence of the case, learn from witnesses what happened and, if appropriate, discuss a possible plea negotiation with the prosecutor to get lesser charges and avoid a trial. This could prove to be valuable both financially and toward your future.

Criminal defense teams have experience and success working not only with their clients but prosecutors all the time to avoid charges. These options and considerations might not be available to you without the presence of a strong criminal defense team on your side.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Plea Bargains Overview," Accessed on July 4, 2017

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