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Understand the ins and outs of plea deals

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2020 | Criminal law

When you’re charged with a criminal charge, you need to have a good understanding of the possibilities for resolving your case. One of these options is a plea deal. This is the way that the majority of cases in the United States are handled. Before you agree to a deal, you must ensure that you’re comfortable with the terms of the deal. 

There are several things that come into the picture when you’re trying to determine whether a plea deal is appropriate or not. One factor that is most important is that you must acknowledge that you committed the crime to which you plead guilty. If you didn’t commit the crime, you can’t enter into a plea deal. 

The conditions of the plea are another factor for you to consider. You may be able to work out a deal that involves the prosecutor allowing you to plead guilty to a lesser charge than the one you were originally facing, which could reduce the sentence you’re facing. In some cases, reducing the charge isn’t possible but the prosecutor can offer you a specific sentence. 

As you’re considering the terms of the plea deal to resolve your criminal case, remember that the court can alter the sentence that you’re facing. The judge must accept the terms of the deal for it to become valid. Once the plea deal is confirmed by the court, you won’t have any legal recourse to appeal it. You waive the right to appeal as part of the deal. 

Remember that a plea deal is only one possible resolution option you have. You can also opt to take your case to trial, so discuss both possibilities with your attorney.