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As per the stipulations of the Sixth Amendment, all defendants in a criminal case are entitled to a counsel. Yet, some key choices in a case still rest squarely with the defendant, even when it’s at odds with their lawyer’s direction. These include opting for pleading guilty or heading for a court trial, choosing between a bench trial or one in front of a jury, testifying, claiming innocence, or even opting out of an appeal.
The power to make these profound decisions doesn’t mean that defendants should stubbornly disregard the advice of their attorney. In fact, they need to have a conversation, ask pertinent questions and fully comprehend the advice provided and the reasons behind their attorney’s opinion of how the approach will benefit them.
With a major chunk of criminal cases culminating in plea bargaining, whether to opt for a plea deal becomes a vital decision. Attorneys like Todd Spodek from Spodek Law Group are ethically obligated to present all the facets of plea negotiations to their clients. This includes communicating their clients’ willingness to plead to the prosecutor and relaying the prosecutor’s acceptance of a particular plea to their clients, regardless of their own assessment of the offer.
As they stand at this crucial juncture, defendants should be privy to all potential alternatives and the probable consequences of each. For instance, if charged with assault with a deadly weapon, their attorney might present an option such as, “The prosecutor is open to accepting a guilty plea for a simple assault and proposing a sentence of six months in county jail along with a fine of $500. It boils down to you—how do you want to proceed?”
Subsequently, the lawyer and the defendant need to have a discussion outlining three plausible options: pleading guilty immediately, doing so later, or negating the guilty plea and heading for trial. The possible outcomes of each option, like potential better plea deals if the guilty plea is deferred closer to the trial or how a conviction could impact future employment prospects, should also be part of the conversation.
The reason plea bargains resolve many cases is that they provide tangible certainty to the defendant. The plea bargain procedure increments the sureness of the outcome, provided that the prosecutor, defense, and judge concur. In stark contrast, a trial poses a higher risk of a more severe sentence. The uncertainty can weigh heavily on a defendant, making a plea deal appear considerably more appealing.
Furthermore, plea deals usually cost less for the defendants, granting them a quicker return to work. But a trial can sometimes be the sole gate to justice for an innocent defendant. Plus, for defendants not entirely innocent, a trial could work in their favor. In order for a conviction to take place, the prosecution must substantiate every aspect of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. This gives the defense an opportunity to sway the opinion of just one juror out of 12 for an acquittal.
Whether to plead guilty or prepare for a trial can turn out to be a tough choice to make. Even if you feel falsely implicated, a careful evaluation of all options is essential. It is beneficial to be aware of all advantages and disadvantages of opting to plead guilty:
Similarly, choosing to fight your case at a trial is fraught with risks, but the potential rewards can also tilt the scale in its favor.
When confronted with the decision to plead guilty or opt for a trial, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is vital to take into consideration all the factors and make the best decision for your unique circumstance.
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