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What are the pros and cons of a plea bargain?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2018 | Criminal Defense |

It can be an overwhelming and nerve wrecking experience when an individual is arrested. Facing criminal charges can mean a wide array of things to the accused; however, it likely means that he or she will have to make a decision regarding the criminal defense to initiate. For some, going to court and litigating the matter is the most obvious way to assert a defense. Nonetheless, some defendants explore other defense options that might help them avoid a lengthy criminal proceeding. In some cases, a plea bargain may be in the best interests of the accused.

What are the pros and cons of a plea bargain? To begin, plea bargain is decided before a trial begins. This means that a defendant could avoid going to court. The process involves an agreement being made between a defendant and the prosecution in order to resolve the matter without going to court.

One major benefits of a plea bargain is the fact that it could help a defendant avoid a serious charge, have fewer charges brought against them or to avoid the expenses and stress associated with going to trial. A plea bargain can also provide security and a peace of mind when it comes to sentencing. Because a defendant is able to negotiate the terms of sentencing, they know exactly what consequences they will endure. On the other hand, much mystery remains when a defendant goes to trial.

On the other hand, there are some downsides to this process. First of all, a defendant misses the opportunity to be found not guilty. Defendants also waive the right to object and to examine or challenge evidence. Finally, it is much harder to appeal a plea bargain, often making it a consequence one must accept.

Those facing criminal charges should that the time to become familiar with their defense options. This means exploring whether a plea bargain is right for you or not.


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