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How do I Know if I Should Accept a Plea Bargain?

The vast majority of criminal law cases don’t go to trial, they are plea bargained long before a case gets that far. For a defendant, however, it can be difficult to know if such a plea bargain is worth it. An experienced defense lawyer can examine the facts of your case, the charges against you, and other relevant information to get the best plea deal possible.

Some people are hesitant to accept a plea bargain, believing that their best option is to take their case in front of a jury. This is certainly every defendant’s Constitutional right, but it may not lead to the best outcome. Many plea bargains are a “middle ground,” offering the defendant a reduced charge and a reduced sentence in exchange for pleading guilty.

It can be difficult to admit guilt, but it may be the best choice for a defendant. For instance, if a person is charged with a felony, a conviction can lead to a lifetime of penalties. It may restrict voting rights, restrict the right to own a gun, and may impact employment opportunities. Pleading this charge down to a misdemeanor can avoid a felony conviction and the jail time such convictions often bring. It may seem like a person is giving up, but really they are just engaging in risk management.

Ultimately, the decision to accept or reject a particular plea bargain is up to the defendant. A defense lawyer can fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of any particular plea bargain, giving the accused the information they need to make the right decision for themselves and their family. Achieving the best outcome for a particular charge is of vital importance to both the attorney and the defendant.

At Kroll & Johnson, we will aggressively fight to achieve the best outcome possible for your particular charges. We can fully explain the options you have and help you make the best decision possible. If that is negotiating a plea deal, we will work to achieve the best deal possible. If that is taking a case to trial, we will fight to win your freedom. For a free consultation with a Portland defense lawyer, contact Kroll & Johnson right away.

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