If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may be wondering whether you should accept a plea agreement—which, in exchange for pleading guilty, would result in a reduction of your charges—or take your chances at trial. Every case is different, which means that you should discuss the specific nature of your charges with an experienced criminal attorney in Fort Worth. Just because you have been offered a plea does not necessarily mean that you should take it; however, going to trial might also be a risk.
Have you been offered a plea bargain in your criminal case?
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The Potential Benefits of Accepting a Plea Bargain
Plea bargains are not available in every criminal case, as this will largely depend on the discretion of the prosecuting attorney and the judge, your criminal history and the severity of your charges. In the event that you are offered a plea agreement, you may be inclined to take it – after all, who wants to endure a lengthy trial?
While this would minimize the penalties you face, it is important to remember that you will have to plead guilty—meaning that you will still face certain consequences. This could include a shorter jail sentence, the chance to serve your term on probation and/or the benefit of having a less serious criminal conviction on your record.
Other potential benefits of accepting a plea bargain may include:
- Saving money on the cost of a trial
- Resolving the matter quickly and discretely
- Having a less serious offense on your criminal record
- Being spare of the time and hassle involved in a trial
- Being released from jail sooner than expected
The Potential Benefits of Taking Your Case to Trial
Even if you have been offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser charge, and accept lesser penalties, you should weigh your options before you take it. As mentioned earlier, there are numerous potential benefits to accepting a plea, but each case is different – with very different factors to consider. If your criminal defense lawyer thinks that you have a good chance of winning at trial, you may be able to avoid the consequences of a conviction altogether – leaving you with an undamaged criminal record.
Some of the potential benefits of taking your case to trial include:
- You may be able to avoid conviction altogether
- You may not have to face any legal consequences
- You will have the chance to tell your side of the story
- You can fight to maintain your innocence in court
Speak to the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi Now
From the moment that you are arrested, your first course of action should be to get in touch with a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi. My firm has been representing criminally accused clients throughout Tarrant Count and surrounding areas for more than a decade, so you can trust that I know what it takes to favorably resolve your case – be it by way of a plea bargain or "not guilty" verdict. I will stop at nothing to ensure that your rights, freedom and reputation are protected.
Call at (817) 953-2663 to schedule your free consultation with the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi or fill out a complimentary case evaluation form online.