Since there are many cases in the court system, the prosecution can offer you a plea deal so they do not go to trial. A plea agreement has several pros and cons, and you must work with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer to see if it is the best option for you.
Pros and Cons of a Plea Agreement
One caveat to a plea deal is that you must admit you are guilty of the crime in open court before a judge. A plea agreement is not the best option for you if you are not guilty. Upon pleading guilty, the judge will determine your sentence with recommendations from the prosecution.
The advantages of a plea agreement are a lighter sentence for a crime you did commit or a reduced charge. The most common reduced charge is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor instead of a felony with fewer consequences. Another advantage is when you accept a plea, the case is over, and you just have to prepare for sentencing. It also helps you avoid unpredictable trials.
Among the disadvantages is you will not get a not guilty result, and you will always have the guilty charge on your record. When the prosecution has issues in their case, they will offer a plea, and if you accept, you risk not defending yourself. Another caveat is you can reach a plea agreement with the prosecution, but the judge doesn’t have to accept it, which can leave your future in the air.
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Sometimes the prosecution will pursue individuals into accepting a plea deal even when they have sufficient evidence, or the individual is innocent. If you face criminal charges and a plea deal is brought up, you must discuss your options with a Sacramento criminal defense attorney at the Mason Law Office by contacting our office today.