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How can you retain control of plea bargain negotiations?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Criminal Defense

While you might hope to beat the prosecution and escape conviction on the charges with which you’ve been charged, sometimes the evidence is so overwhelming that obtaining dismissed charges or an acquittal is going to be tough.

Of course, you should always analyze the facts of your case to see if your rights have been violated and to assess whether you can block key evidence from being used against you, but if you’re out of options, then you might need to start thinking about a plea bargain.

How can you get the most out of your plea deal?

Although it can be disheartening to take a plea deal, you should take comfort knowing that you retain at least a little bit of control over the process. Here are some ways that you can get the most out of your plea bargain:

  • Don’t accept the initial offer made by prosecutors.
  • Assess the prosecutor’s goal in your case, whether that’s to deter you from committing future offenses or to make an example out of you for the public.
  • Be realistic in what you can accomplish through the bargaining process.
  • Have a command of the facts of your case.
  • Know how you can use the law to your advantage to highlight the risks the prosecutor will face by taking your case to trial.
  • Understand your case’s vulnerabilities.
  • Know what’s most important to you going into negotiations.

Know how to aggressively protect your interests in your criminal defense

Taking a plea deal doesn’t mean that you have to completely lose in your case. You can still advocate for an outcome that’s fair and that protects you from the harshest penalties so long as you have a plan heading into negotiations. By doing so, you’ll hopefully be able to quickly put this chapter behind you and reclaim your normal life.