To Plead Guilty Vs. Going To Trial

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Most criminal defendants face the dilemma of whether to plead guilty or go to trial. The risks of being found guilty by a judge or jury are substantial so that even those who are innocent of a crime opt to plead guilty to avoid the risks. In order to avoid making a wrong decision, the best option is to call a criminal lawyer immediately after arrest.

Why do some defendants prefer to plead guilty

When a criminal defendant pleads guilty, it means that he is confronting the case head-on. The case is resolved more quickly than if he waited for a year or more for a criminal trial. The legal fees are less expensive because the lawyer does not have to go to trial. A few thousands of dollars savings can make a big difference for someone who anticipates that he might be found guilty by the judge or jury.

When a defendant pleads guilty, he usually goes through the process of plea bargaining. During the plea-bargaining process, the criminal lawyer and the prosecutor have to reach an agreement on the sentence that the defendant will receive. In exchange for pleading guilty, the defendant may have the charges reduced and receive a lighter sentence.

The results of going to trial can be very uncertain because juries are unpredictable. Additional evidence may be uncovered by the prosecutor making it more likely for the defendant to be convicted. However, defendants who are innocent of a crime may be subjected to criminal punishment like jailtime and fines for a crime that they did not commit.

On the other hand, opting for a trial gives the defendant and his lawyer more time to prepare for a defence. Receiving an acquittal is the only way for an innocent person to receive the justice he deserves. The prosecutor has the burden of proving that each element of the case is beyond reasonable doubt.

If you call Donich law, you will have a criminal lawyer who can help you decide on whether to plead guilty or go to trial. Results can be delivered without the time and costs associated with a trial. Resources will be deployed quickly and efficiently to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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