Plea bargains offer defendants a chance to accept a lesser sentence have
their charges dropped, in exchange for another deal with the prosecution.
Prosecutors are usually the first to offer to a plea bargain, with the
options to have the defendant enter a guilty plea for a less severe charge,
enter a plea of no contest, or ask the judge to recommend another sentence
to the judge.
When Are Plea Bargains Offered?
Most of the time, the defendant accept a plea bargain at any time—from
the moment of arrest to the middle of the trial, if there the case reaches
trial. If you are the defendant, you do not have to make this decision
on your own; your
Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney can help weigh the options for you.
These are some of the advantages of choosing a plea bargain:
- Your criminal record remains shows a much lesser offense
- Your sentence is less harsh than if you were to take the case all the way
through to trial
- The case can be resolved much more quickly
- You do not need to bring the case to trial, which can preserve your good
name and reputation
If the defendant chooses not to accept the plea bargain, then he or she
cannot ask for that same deal again if the sentencing renders a more severe
penalty. So, there is an inherent risk of opting out or not, depending
on how the trial plays out and the various other circumstances involved.
Your attorney has the responsibility of informing you about your legal
rights and what may happen if you choose to waive your rights.
Hire a Virginia Beach Defense Attorney Today!
Understandably, you might have some worries about whether or not the prosecution
will back out on the plea bargain. How can you be sure? You have the right
to ask for reprieve and even obtain court orders to make sure that prosecutors
are complying with the plea bargain. Our Virginia Beach criminal lawyer
can help build a compelling defense in your favor and advise you on whether
or not a plea bargain is wise for your situation.
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