People who are facing criminal charges sometimes admit they did the crime, but they may want to try to minimize the penalties they’re going to face because of a conviction. One way they can do this is through a plea deal.
A plea deal is an agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant. The defendant enters a specific plea to charges in exchange for something from the prosecution. The prosecution’s agreement can include things like seeking an agreed-upon sentence or dropping the charge to a lesser one.
Who should accept a plea deal?
Only defendants who committed the crime should accept a plea deal. It’s never appropriate for a person to accept a plea deal if they’re innocent because the conviction will follow them throughout their entire life.
What should you consider when you’re thinking about a plea deal?
A plea agreement is presented to the court. The judge has to agree that it’s in the best interests of the court to accept the deal. In most cases, it’s found that plea deals meet the requirements. By accepting plea deals, the court can free up the docket for other cases, and it helps the prosecution to avoid using resources on a case that can be settled right away.
You have to give up your right to appeal the matter if you accept a plea deal. You must ensure that the sentence is exactly what you’re willing to deal with.
People who are facing criminal charges should ensure they’re considering all options for their defense. It might be best for some defendants to work out a plea deal, but they should consider the consequences of this before they take this step.