Are you facing criminal charges for the first time? If so, you probably
have lots of questions. After all, you’re in a scary place right now.
Will you go to jail or prison? Will you have to pay thousands in fines?
Will your case go to trial? For the purpose of this blog, we’re going to address the last question,
“Will my case go to trial?” because this question comes up
with almost every client, especially the ones who are unfamiliar with
the criminal justice process.
Will your case go to trial? Maybe, it depends on a number of factors, such
as the amount of evidence against you, and whether there are holes in
the prosecutor’s case. If the case is weak, we may be able to get
the case dismissed. If the case is strong and you did make a mistake,
it could make more sense to negotiate a favorable plea bargain. If you’re
entirely innocent of the charges or if the case is highly circumstantial,
it may be in your best interests to go to trial.
Most Cases Are Resolved with Plea Bargains
A criminal case can be dismissed, the charges can be dropped, it can go
to trial, or it can resolve through a negotiated plea bargain. But in
reality, the vast majority of criminal cases are concluded with a
plea bargain between the prosecutor and the defendant. There are many reasons for this
and plea deals benefit both sides.
For starters, court calendars are
always clogged, so the faster the prosecutor can move cases through, the better.
Jury trials are expensive, so plea bargains place less of a burden on
taxpayers. Also, prosecutors hate to lose, so if they can get a guilty
plea (even to a lesser offense), it looks better on their track record.
For the defendant, plea bargains offer benefits as well, such as:
- The know what’s going to happen so they can move on with their life.
- They plead guilty to a less-stigmatized offense, which is less embarrassing.
- They have a shorter jail or prison sentence.
- The fines are less than if they pleaded guilty to the original charge.
- Sometimes, they get to go back home instead of languishing in a jail cell
while waiting for their trial to conclude.
If you’re facing criminal charges in Orange County, you want to see
a defense attorney right away, who can thoroughly explain your options.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we’d be happy to
review your case and help explain which legal defenses and strategies
would benefit you the most. To get started,
contact our firm today for a free consultation.