If the police ever charge you with a crime, there’s a chance that the prosecution will offer you a plea deal. That is how they settle most criminal cases these days, with relatively few making it to a jury trial.
It makes light work for the prosecution and the court system and secures another notch in the prosecutor’s tally of people they have successfully convicted.
It is not always such a good deal for those facing the charges, and, in some cases, it is a negative deal. So, before you accept a plea deal, it’s crucial to ask yourself a few questions.
Can the prosecution prove you did it?
For all their talk and bravado, they might not have a shred of solid evidence. You need to examine what they have on you and what defense options are available to you.
Are you willing to admit you did something you did not?
Perhaps you did commit the crime, but if you did not, then saying you did is not a decision to take lightly. If you say you are guilty, many people will treat you differently. If you maintain your innocence, some may continue to believe you even if the court does not. That can count for a lot.
Can you get a better deal?
Do not expect the prosecution to come out with their best offer straight away. Holding out could possibly get you a more favorable deal.
Only you can make the final call on whether to accept a plea deal, but you’ll be better placed to do that if you get legal guidance first.