A person facing criminal charges may be able to use a plea bargain to reduce their charges, decrease their sanctions, or otherwise mitigate the negative impact that the alleged criminal conduct will have on their future. However, plea bargaining may not always be a good criminal defense strategy. To better understand if plea bargaining has a place in one's criminal defense plan, readers should consult with their attorneys.
There are different ways that individuals may plea bargain. One way is to negotiate the facts that may be used in the prosecution of an individual for an alleged crime. By negotiating the facts of a case, an individual may be able to avoid certain claims and criminal charges.
Another way is to negotiate the charges that a person is facing. When charges are negotiated, an individual may be asked to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for having more serious charges dismissed. Similarly, individuals can negotiate their sentences as a part of their plea bargains. When this is done, they may agree to plead guilty to certain crimes in exchange for securing criminal sanctions that are less than what they may have received had they been convicted in court.
Not all cases are appropriate for plea bargaining and some criminal defendants may have their interests and needs better served by going to trial. Legal advice on the appropriateness of plea bargaining in specific cases should be sought from criminal defense attorneys. As with all other information contained on this blog, the contents of this post should not be read as legal advice.