6 Things to Know about Plea Deals (Pt. 1)

April 9, 2014

After being charged with a crime, you will have the option to take a plea deal in your case or to see your case through trial. While the best decision for you will depend on the specifics of your case, there are a few important things that you should know before you agree to (or forego) a plea bargain.

Here and in two upcoming installments to this blog, we will highlight six important things to know about plea bargains. If you have specific questions about criminal charges you may be facing or need help building the strongest possible defense case, you are

Before accepting a plea deal in a criminal case, make sure you know the facts. For help with any criminal defense issue, contact Christopher Griffin.

Before accepting a plea deal in a criminal case, make sure you know the facts. For help with any criminal defense issue, contact Christopher Griffin.

encouraged to contact Denver and Boulder Metro Area Criminal Defense Lawyer Christopher Griffin.

Fact 1: Most criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains, rather than trials.

Although criminal trials are the fodder for TV and movies, in most jurisdictions, this is not the setting in which many criminal cases are resolved. In fact, plea deals are commonly worked out in order to avoid the expense and time associated with the trial process and to unburden the courts’ caseload.

It’s important to point out, however, that the accused absolutely has the right to see his case through trial if he decides he wants his day in court or if he is not happy with the terms of a plea deal offered by the prosecutor.

Fact 2: The quality of the evidence in a case can affect how good the plea deal is for the accused.

The less evidence that a prosecutor has against the accused, the less likely it is that the prosecutor will secure a conviction – therefore, the more likely it is that the prosecutor will offer a better plea deal to the accused in order to try to convince him to accept the deal and plead guilty to the charges.

In other words, when prosecutors know they have strong evidence against an accused person, they will be less likely to offer an attractive plea deal because they know that they have good chances of securing a conviction on more severe charges.

Don’t miss the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for more important information regarding plea bargains in criminal cases.

Denver and Boulder Metro Area Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Griffin Law Firm

Facing any type of criminal charges can be both scary and stressful, as a conviction could cost you your reputation, your career, your family and even your freedom. If you or your loved one has been arrested for and/or formally charged with any crime, Christopher Griffin wants you to know that he is ready to immediately start providing you with the strongest possible defense against police and prosecutors – both outside and inside of the courtroom.

Regardless of whether you are facing criminal charges for the first time, have prior convictions and/or were on probation or parole at the time of the alleged crime, Christopher Griffin and all of the legal professionals at the Griffin Law Firm will work relentlessly to help you obtain the best possible outcome to your case. In fact, our steadfast dedication to the notion that the accused are innocent until proven guilty means that we will do everything in our power to help you resolve your case in the most favorable and efficient manner possible.

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