When a Plea Bargain Is Not a Good Idea

Kurtz Blum, PLLC | Raleigh Criminal LawyersIn criminal cases, the prosecution team’s goal is to get a conviction. A case going to trial, though, could go either of two ways—which means it’s possible that the suspect may not get a conviction. To minimize the risk of that happening, prosecutors occasionally work out a way to offer a plea bargain to the suspect’s legal defense team.

A plea bargain agreement gives suspects a chance to have their charges or sentence reduced. At the same time, it requires them to plead guilty to a crime, which would show in their criminal record. A plea bargain agreement could turn into a poisoned chalice, so suspects should enlist the services of an experienced criminal attorney who knows exactly how to work on their case.

In some instances, saying yes to a plea bargain is unnecessary. This can happen if there was an unlawful arrest of the suspects, and the criminal defense team has pieces of evidence to prove it or witnesses to corroborate it.

A good example of this is a recent case involving a woman based in Asheville, NC. Back in April, she was placed in handcuffs by the police and charged with being intoxicated and disruptive. No plea bargaining took place, and the case went into trial. In September, the judge eventually ruled that there was no probable cause for the police to make the arrest in the first place.


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