If you have been accused of and charged with a crime in California, taking a plea bargain may be the best way to reduce the consequences you face. However, it may not be in your best interest to take the first offer the prosecution provides. At Chambers Law Firm we strongly advise you to contact a criminal defense attorney before accepting any deal. You can reach out to Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 now to run your deal by us.
Potential Benefits of a Plea Bargain
You likely know the main benefits of a plea bargain: Dropping one or more charges, reducing charges, and / or recommending a less severe sentence in exchange for you pleading guilty. The prosecution may convince you that there case is rock solid and they are offering you a great deal. It may be that they are telling the truth – but it is more likely that working with an attorney could result in a lesser sentence. This is why you should talk to Chambers Law Firm before accepting a plea deal.
A Plea Bargain Will Show Up on Your Criminal Record
Keep in mind that if you plead guilty to a crime, it will show up on your criminal record. The benefit of a plea bargain is that it gets the case over with sooner rather than later, and costs much less than taking the case to trial. However, remember that the benefit is not to you – the real benefit is to the court and prosecution.
It may also be that the plea bargain works to your benefit – but not always. Remember that their goal is to get it off their books as soon as possible and to keep their conviction record high. Your only concern should be whether or not it is truly in your best interest – and we can help determine that.
You Have a Lot to Lose if You Agree to a Plea Bargain
Agreeing to a plea bargain means that you will lose certain rights. Depending on the charge, this could include the right to vote, the right to own a gun, the right to travel outside of the United States, the right to take part in a jury, and the right to parental benefits such as child custody and child visitation. You could also have a hard time gaining employment or finding someone to rent a home to you with a criminal background.
You Have a Lot to Gain by Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney
When you choose to work with a criminal defense attorney, you will see many benefits. We can look at your case, find out if the evidence against you is valid, and argue for a more lenient sentence. If you are ready to find out if the plea bargain you are considering is really the best possible option, contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 now for a free legal consultation.