Should I Plea Bargain or Go to Trial?
Some criminal and DUI attorneys may say they are going to offer low-cost representation, but what this really means is they will propose or accept a plea bargain for their client right away, before ever reviewing the evidence in the case, therefore avoiding trial and keeping the cost, and the work involved, down. Unfortunately, this sacrifices knowing if that's really the best possible outcome for any particular client.
- Plea Bargain - A plea bargain is an offer made by the defendant to plead guilty to a charge in exchange for avoiding a lengthy and expensive trial where the outcome is uncertain, and in order to limit dangerous consequences. By accepting a plea bargain, the defendant can also negotiate reduced penalties, alternative sentences, or even a dismissal or reduction of some charges.
- Trial - In some cases, it's in the defendant's best interest to refuse a plea bargain and go to trial. By taking your case to trial, you have the chance of being found “not guilty.” If you are found “not guilty,” you'll be free to walk away from the charges with a clean record.
The decision to accept a plea bargain or take your case to trial depends largely on the circumstances of your case. There are many factors we take into consideration, including the client's background and criminal history, the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case, the results of a breath or blood test, the reliability of those tests, the results of the investigation, and more. In any case, our primary concern is to act in the best interests of our client and our goal is to help our client make wise and informed choices.
The Right Chicago DUI and Criminal Lawyers
At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we have tried thousands of bench and jury trials to verdict, and are capable of identifying when it's in a client's best interest to go to trial and when it's not. When you come to our office for help, a knowledgeable Chicago DUI Lawyer or Chicago criminal attorney will review your case every step of the way, and advise you on which choice would be the most beneficial to you and your case to enter into a plea bargain or decide to go to trial. You can rest assured that we will be by your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and fighting aggressively on your behalf. Call us today.