At Chambers Law Firm, our initial goal is always to find a way to free our clients. However, in some cases there is a wealth of concrete evidence that makes this an unlikely outcome. In those instances, we can use our powerful, aggressive negotiating tactics to find the best possible plea deal. There are actually several types of plea deal we might be able to work out for you.
If you have been charged with a California state crime or are facing federal charges, contact us at 714-760-4088 for a free legal consultation. In the meantime, keep reading to learn about the four types of plea deals you might qualify for.
This is a plea deal in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser offense or reduced charge in exchange for the prosecutor’s recommendation that the court impose a lighter sentence, sentence bargaining, in which the defendant pleads guilty to the same charge in exchange for the prosecutor’s recommendation that the court impose a lighter sentence.
This is a plea deal in which the defendant is charged with many counts and agrees to plead guilty to one in exchange for the others being dismissed, and fact bargaining, in which the defendant pleads guilty to keep certain harmful information out of the court records.
One of the most common plea types, charge bargaining is especially prevalent among defendants charged of driving under the influence for the first time (DUI). The prosecution in California may propose a plea bargain that requires the defendant to plead guilty to a “wet” reckless offense. A misdemeanor is the lower charge. It is a less serious violation with less sanctions and, in many cases, shorter jail time. It can, however, be used as a past DUI offense if the person is charged with DUI during the next ten years.
With low-level offenses that offer diversion programs, sentence negotiating is widespread. Eligible defendants can attend the diversion program by pleading guilty. Probation is comparable to these programs. The charges will be withdrawn or dismissed if the defendant completes it satisfactorily. The entry can then be expunged from their criminal record.
A no contest plea
A no contest, or nolo contendere, plea is frequently used in fact negotiating. Instead of admitting guilty, the defendant just agrees to accept the sentence imposed by the court. This is particularly frequent among defendants who wish to maintain their good name. The facts of the case are never developed by pleading no contest and accepting the court’s penalty.
If you are facing charges and not sure what to do, contact Chambers Law Firm now at 714-760-4088 for a free legal case evaluation.