In many cases, when someone is charged with a crime, they will go to trial and be judged by a jury of their peers. Depending on the jury, the accused party can be found guilty and face the consequences of their actions, but this process could be avoided if there is a plea bargain. If a plea bargain is offered, although some people may scoff at the idea of agreeing to any sentence for a crime they may or may not have committed, people should at least consider the benefits of signing.
The following are the benefits of accepting a plea bargain:
- Decrease in charge.
- Less time spent in court.
- Chance of a lighter sentence.
- Less money spent on counsel.
Ideally, when a person is accused of a crime, they will want to be found innocent. This is a possibility, but many people who sign a plea bargain may be advised to do so because there is a good chance they will be found guilty or because they simply cannot afford to hire a private counsel who will fight for them and prove their innocence. The consequences may be more severe if a plea is not signed, and signing may be viewed as a smart move to many.
Many people who are presented with a plea bargain may be hesitant to sign. Whether they want to avoid signing because they believe they will win the case or are actually innocent, there are benefits to signing that people should review before they make a decision. If you have questions about plea bargains or need help with a plea negotiation, it would be wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible.