Facing criminal charges can be a complex, anxiety-inducing experience for the defendant. As such, many falsely assume that entering a guilty plea will help make these matters go away faster. If you’re facing criminal charges, it’s imperative to read the following blog and contact a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer before agreeing to plead guilty to the offense. You’ll discover the implications of this action and in what circumstances you may want to consider this option.
Why Might Someone Plead Guilty to a Crime?
There are many reasons that someone unfamiliar with the legal system may assume pleading guilty to a crime is the best option for their circumstances.
For some, going to trial seems like a daunting and lengthy process. Not only can it take a while to get the dates scheduled, but trials can be drawn out. As such, many do not see this as worth the hassle.
Similarly, a trial may seem expensive to those about to endure it. On top of legal fees, they need to pay court fees and take time off work to attend hearings. Because of this, criminal defendants may not be in a financial position to go through a trial.
Should I Enter a Guilty Plea if I’m Charged With a Crime?
If charged with a crime, there are very few circumstances in which you should plead guilty to the charges against you. Generally, this is only recommended if you have contacted a lawyer and they have advised you to do so.
In most cases, the prosecution will work with you to obtain a plea deal. Essentially, this occurs when a prosecutor will agree to reduce the charges against you in exchange for a guilty plea. After negotiating and reviewing this deal, your attorney may advise you to plead guilty to these reduced charges.
It is essential to understand that the prosecution is the only person who can make a deal with you. Often, the police will tell a criminal defendant they can make a deal in exchange for a confession. However, this is untrue, as the prosecutor is the only entity with the power to reduce the charges against you.
Why Do I Need to Consult an Attorney First?
If you are charged with a crime and have contemplated entering a guilty plea, it’s essential to consult an attorney first. Not only can they examine the circumstances of your case to help determine your odds of beating the charges in a trial, but they can also negotiate a guilty plea if that is in your best interest.
In the event you are completely innocent, you should not enter a guilty plea, as this can impact your ability to receive a fair and just trial to prove your innocence.
When facing criminal charges, the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes can help. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to fight for the best outcome for your unique circumstances. Contact us today to discover how we can assist you.