Plea Bargains

Posted on: January 2, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyMost criminal cases in Orange County are decided when the defense and the prosecution agree to a plea bargain. The defendant in a plea bargain agrees to plead guilty to one or more charges. The prosecutor agrees to drop the other charges, reduce them, or recommend a lesser sentence. For example, in a California DUI case, a defendant may plead guilty to the lower “wet reckless” charge and accept the less severe consequences. You may be able – in some cases – to avoid jail time by accepting a plea bargain. Nevertheless, if you face a DUI charge, a drug or sex crime charge, or a theft, fraud, or robbery charge in Orange County, before you agree to any plea bargain, speak first with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

Sometimes a plea bargain agreement can be reached early in a case, even at the arraignment; in other cases, prosecutors have offered and defendants have accepted plea bargains while a jury is in deliberations. Plea bargains are good for the courts; they reduce the number of costly trials. Plea bargains benefit defendants, who avoid the harshest penalties. Finally, plea bargains are also good for prosecutors, because a conviction on reduced charges is still a conviction.

Should you accept a plea bargain if you’re charged in Orange County with a serious crime? The answer, of course, hinges on the nature of the offense and the details of your specific case. Just remember that prosecutors offer plea bargains to serve their own interests, and any plea bargain may or may not be in your own best interests. Don’t agree to anything before consulting with a good criminal defense lawyer. If you’re accused of DUI, a drug or sex crime, or a fraud or robbery in southern California, don’t wait to make the call. Contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately.

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