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When Does The Plea Bargaining Process Start In A Federal Case?

By Spodek Law Group | November 2, 2021
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:21 pm

Alright, listen here. So, most federal cases—like, we’re talking the lion’s share here—end in a plea deal. Why’s that, you ask? Well, fact of the matter is, prosecutors ain’t gonna spend their precious time on a case unless they smell a conviction cooking. What? Yeah, you heard that right. Sorry for the crass metaphor – just thought I’d keep things casual. Moving on, sometimes folks who’ve been slapped with a crime reckon that taking a plea deal’s their safest bet—sort of like a bird in the hand, if you get my drift.

Why’s a Plea Deal even on the table?

Here’s the deal—prosecutors, they want to get stuff done, quick ‘n clean. I ain’t saying they’re lazy or neglecting their duties or nothing. It’s just—listen—the docket’s always chock-full of cases, right? They gotta get resolved, pronto, to keep things square with the folks in the hot seat and their legal rights.

You got it right! I’m talking about the good ol’ Sixth Amendment here. Says everyone’s got the right to a fast trial. Now, what does ‘fast’ mean, really? Hard to say. But it’s worth noting that if a case drags on for an eternity, chances are it could get dropped altogether.

Another thing—plea deals up their win rate. Say the authorities ain’t too confident about a win. They might just put a plea deal on the table, drop a charge, perhaps, to get that guilty plea.

So, When’s a Plea Deal on the Cards?

More often than not, the plea bargaining wheel starts turning as soon as you’ve been slapped with a crime. Sometimes, they’ll even dangle a plea deal in front of a person-of-interest to get them to confess before the formal charges have been made. But, remember, the deal ain’t official till it’s in black and white and paraded before the judge.

Here’s something else you should know – the judge sitting on your case has the power to tweak the terms of your plea deal. So, my advice? Speak to a legal eagle like Todd Spodek from the Spodek Law Group before you put pen to paper or nod in agreement to anything. If you find yourself under investigation, it wouldn’t hurt to get some advice either, especially before you decide to shoot the breeze with authorities.

What’s the Deal After a Plea Deal’s Offered?

Well, once an offer’s on the table, you could do one of three things: Take it, leave it, or counter it. Usually, your legal counsel will do the back-and-forth with the government, on your behalf.

If you’re lucky, and the stars align, and your plea deal gets a nod from the judge in charge, it’ll get him to stamp his approval. If the judge gives it a thumbs down, you’d better brace yourself for a trial. And if the prosecution’s offer is countered by you, expect a wee delay while the powers that be review your deal and make a final call.

Let’s say, and I’m just spit-balling here, the deal gets the green light and the judge signs off on it. Now he’s king of the castle – he can approve it, reject it, or play around with the deal. Don’t be surprised if he stretches beyond the plea deal’s proposed guidelines – it’s federal law to give courts a longer leash, so to speak.

Assuming your deal gets nodded through and is ready to rock ‘n roll, you’ll plead guilty and then… well, you twiddle your thumbs till your sentence is handed down. Once that’s done, curtain falls, and case closed. But hey, if you decide to play fast and loose with your verdict, remember the plea deal ain’t locked in. It can be altered or scrapped at any time.

What to Mull Over Before Taking a Plea Deal

Here’s the kicker – taking a plea deal equals conviction. That’s right. So, if you’ve got a criminal past, accepting a deal might just trigger those pesky mandatory minimums that come knocking, no matter what you’re pleading guilty to currently. Also, keep in mind that a criminal record can be a real pain. It could mess up your chances of finding work, getting edumacated, or even owning a firearm.

It’s common for the prosecution to slip a plea deal in a federal criminal case. Depending on your circumstances, it might be a decent idea to accept one. Of course, Todd Spodek, the super attorney at the Spodek Law Group, will be able to shed more light on whether this is in your best interest. Take these matters lightly at your own peril, my friend.

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