If you are indicted and charged with a crime, your case can take a number of directions. You may fight to the very end. Or, you may enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution. Generally, these agreements involve the defendant either pleading guilty to lesser charges or exchanging their plea for a lesser sentence.
A plea deal saves the court’s time. It also comes with an element of certainty. But a plea deal also has its share of drawbacks. Here are some of them:
You could end up with a criminal record unnecessarily
The prosecution is on a mission to win every case that comes to their desk. This may involve dangling a plea deal in front of someone when the prosecutor simply doesn’t have enough evidence to actually win the case at trial.
By accepting a plea deal, you might be pleading guilty to an accusation that you would otherwise fight and win.
Safeguarding your rights
A criminal conviction can have a lasting impact on your life. Understanding how criminal defense works can be a good place to start if you are fighting for your rights.