Taking a plea bargain can be very scary. After all, it means admitting
guilt to a crime which may carry very serious legal and social consequences.
Before you accept a plea bargain there are a few questions you should
ask yourself and your attorney.
What are the typical consequences for pleading guilty to the lesser crime?
Talk to your attorney about the likely ramifications for accepting the
bargain. You should know if any jail time is involved or how long you’ll be under
- Would you be unlikely to win if your case when to trial? This is the big
“what if” of plea bargains. If you and your attorney agree
that the prosecution has a lot of evidence stacked against you, accepting
a plea bargain may be a good option. However, if you strongly believe
that a jury can be convinced of your innocence, you may go ahead and take
the case to trial.
- What are the consequences of losing in a trial? If you decide to go to
trial, you should know exactly what you’re facing if you lose. Have
a frank discussion with your attorney about the consequences of fighting
the charges and being found guilty.
- How long will it take to try the case and are there any additional costs?
You should understand the timeframe of the trial process and ask your
attorney whether he or she will charge extra for taking the case to trial.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need an experienced
criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free
consultation with one of our attorneys.