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Take your time before agreeing to a plea deal

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

A plea deal may seem a quick and easy way to resolve your criminal charges. However, rushing into such an agreement without careful consideration can result in serious and long-lasting consequences. If you are offered a plea deal, take your time to understand what you are getting yourself into before agreeing to it.

You’ll want to understand the charges against you and the potential consequences of a conviction. There may be viable defenses that could result in a more favorable outcome. Additionally, consider the prosecution’s evidence against you. How strong is it? Is it enough to secure a conviction?

Lastly, look at the terms of the plea bargain. How does the sentence you are offered compare to the potential sentence if your case were to go to trial and you are convicted? Understanding the full scope of the deal is essential to making an informed decision.

Accepting a plea deal means waiving some rights

If you agree to a plea deal, you will give up your right to a fair trial. You will also waive your right to question witnesses. These crucial rights protect you, the defendant, and it’s prudent to think twice before giving them up.

You will end up with a criminal record

A plea deal may get you lesser charges or sentence, but a conviction will remain on your criminal record. It may impact your employment opportunities, housing and personal relationships in the future, long after you have served the terms of your sentence.

It’s worth noting that plea deals can be beneficial in some cases. However, you may be better off going to trial in others. Seeking early legal guidance to represent your interests when facing criminal charges can help you understand your options and make the right call that is in your best interests.