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Pros & Cons of Accepting a Plea in Indiana
19 August 2020 | Criminal Defense, Legal Blog,
When charged with a crime, you always have the right to a jury trial. But the vast majority of people forgo this right in favor of a plea agreement. The reasons for taking a plea vary on the situation, but when you’re facing charges, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons of a plea agreement vs going to trial. But you shouldn’t do it alone.
Before accepting any plea in Indianapolis, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about how it affects you now and in the future. The case against you may not be as strong as the police or prosecutor says, and you may be able to get a better deal.
If you’ve been arrested and have questions about accepting a plea agreement, contact Hessler Law at (317) 886-8800 for a free case consultation.
People accept pleas for various reasons, but usually, it centers around resolving things quickly and with less negative impact. However, there are usually unintended consequences of accepting a plea. So be sure to weigh the benefits with the potential drawbacks.
Agreeing to a plea bargain is a difficult decision. When you submit a plea, you have to plead guilty to the charges the agreement suggests. You also forfeit the right to a jury trial, and you likely give up the chance to appeal your plea if you decide later that you should not have pled guilty.
In the short term, accepting the plea may seem appealing, but it likely means living with a conviction on your record and diminished opportunities down the line. This can be difficult to come to terms with, especially if you think there was a chance you could win at trial. It’s important to remember if you ultimately chose the plea agreement route, your reasons for doing so were likely more beneficial than a trial would have been.
Criminal court cases can be challenging for everyone involved. If you go to trial, you may win. You could also be hit with an enormous fine and lengthy sentence. Deciding whether a plea agreement or a trial is right for you is not a decision you should make on your own. Instead, contact attorney Sean Hessler.
As a former prosecutor, he knows the ins and outs of plea agreements and as a defense lawyer, he has represented many clients in similar situations and around Marion County. He can explain the process behind plea agreements and help you determine the best choice for you.
To schedule a free, initial consultation, contact Hessler Law at (317) 886-8800.