Our LAW LOVER'S LOUNGE™ series addresses a general overview of some of the most important issues to the general public! Attorney Courtney E. Anderson has owned a general practice law firm since 1998 in Texas, USA.
There is no client relationship created between this show and Attorney Courtney E. Anderson, or The Law Offices of Courtney E. Anderson (Litigation-Mitigation.com). The content in these shows is for general educational purposes and is not the delivery of legal services.
This episode addresses the topic of,“Should I take a plea in my criminal case?”
In the USA, the criminal justice system overwhelming results in plea deals instead of trials (over 90% of the time on average). This episode walks you through your arrest, arraignment, bail, appearance settings, offers from prosecutors, moving your case on the calendar towards trial and the options in terms of fees and time involved in trial. If you can afford (in terms of money and time) to go to trial, do so.
If you obtain the offer you initially wanted during the pretrial process, accept it. Don’t get mad at the government and think “I will show them who is in charge” by rejecting a plea offer that gives you the best outcome (pride goeth before a fall). If you never obtain a plea deal close to your original goal and you understand the high risk of trial, you should only proceed if you have invested in an attorney who has trial experience and the unique skills needed for working with a jury (i.e., don’t put them to sleep, etc.).
Your lawyer is not a magician so if there is admissible video footage of you committing the crime (or other overwhelming evidence of your guilt), you will most likely lose the trial no matter what your lawyer does. On the other hand, if you hire a lawyer based solely on low price, it is not realistic to demand them to go to trial without additional funds on your part. It is up to you!
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