Let’s face it – being arrested is a terrifying experience.
If you have been charged with a crime, you may be tempted to accept the
prosecution’s first plea offer under the stress of the situation.
But is this a good idea? While in some cases plea bargaining can be a
wise choice, it is always important to make sure you are getting the best
deal you can before making a decision.
Before accepting a plea bargain, it is important you consider the following:
Consult with an attorney: Your first priority before accepting any sort of plea offer is to consult
with your attorney. While you may have a certain level of knowledge of
the criminal justice system, a criminal defense lawyer will almost always
have handled more cases and will be better equipped to weigh whether or
not the prosecution’s proposed deal is desirable. Likewise, an attorney
can analyze the evidence against you and determine if they can negotiate
for a better deal. In some cases, prosecutors may be willing to make a
better plea bargain simply because they see that you are prepared to fight
Weigh the evidence: Given the crowded nature of the criminal justice system, many prosecutors
are willing to “negotiate” a plea bargain simply as a way
of resolving the matter and getting your case off their desk as quickly
as possible – even if they know that your case may be strong enough
to go to trial. Similarly, a prosecutor’s first offer is often what
they think they could get on their best day in court – which is
also your worst-case scenario. Your attorney can counter their proposition
and pursue an arrangement that is more attractive.
Protect your interests: While you may be willing to do anything to relieve yourself from the
stress of your situation, it is important to remember that prosecutors
are not on your side and do not have your best interests in mind. Prosecutors
are employees of the state and operate under the assumption that you are
guilty. If you plead guilty to a crime and are sentenced unfairly, you
may be unable to appeal the sentence.
In many cases, the quality of the plea bargain you receive will be largely
dependent on the quality and creativity of the
criminal defense attorney you have by your side. If you have been accused of a crime, contact
Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today. Backed by a 10.0
“Superb” Avvo Rating and a listing on the National Trial Lawyers:
Top 40 Under 40 for our unparalleled advocacy, our Mesa criminal defense
lawyers can provide the aggressive representation you need to maximize
your chances of securing a favorable outcome.
Call (480) 418-0776 or
contact our firm online today to discuss your charges with our advocates.