Legal Minute - Should You Take a Plea Deal?
As a defendant, determining whether you should take a plea deal or go to trial can be a difficult choice. Luckily, you can best prepare yourself by ensuring you are well-informed as you move forward with your case. It is, ultimately, up to you to decide whether a plea bargain or trial is in your best interest. However, a good defense attorney can provide you with support throughout the process.
Before deciding on a plea deal, make sure that you complete the discovery part of your case. This means registering all evidence and statements or testimonies for your case and includes any statements made by you the defendant. Additionally, you will want to attend your preliminary hearing. This hearing happens in lower court in advance of a trial and is often waived by a lot of defense attorneys. Do not allow this to happen to you. This hearing is extremely important as it is the only time a good defense attorney will be able to view what the prosecuting attorney’s evidence is against you. It is also the only time that your defense attorney can cross-examine the witnesses prior to trial and build you a solid defense. Once you have access to all this information, you can determine if a plea deal is a reasonable choice for you to make. If you need help with any matters pertaining to plea bargains, contact our skilled Virginia Beach defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller.