Representing Criminal Defendants In Advanced Plea Bargain Negotiations
One of the most important things an experienced criminal defense attorney can do for you is explore the option of a plea bargain settlement. A plea bargain involves the prosecution offering a more lenient sentence or a conviction of a less severe offense in return for a guilty plea from the defendant. This process often benefits both parties to a criminal case, as it reduces the uncertainty of a full on trial. Prosecutors who do not plea bargain risk an acquittal, and defendants who refuse an offer often risk a much more significant sentence than the one offered by the prosecution.
The State Attorney’s Office is in the business of convictions, punishment, and most importantly, job security (also known as re-election). Florida Statute 921 makes it very clear that the primary purpose of sentencing is punishment, and reality makes it clear that State Attorneys get re-elected by showing an angry public that they are “tough” on crime.
Even Misdemeanors Can Result In Serious Consequences
Many people who are accused of misdemeanor criminal defenses mistakenly believe that the prosecutor or the judge will impose the minimum sentence required by law even if they are unrepresented by counsel. In reality, defense attorneys play an integral part in this process, and a person who is represented by a lawyer will generally have a much better outcome than one who is not. In many cases, a prosecutor will not even begin to negotiate with an unrepresented criminal defendant. As a result, many people who simply show up in court and plead guilty expecting a “slap on the wrist” end up with much more serious consequences, including:
- Significant fines
At Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm, we can help you avoid an unpleasant surprise by starting the plea bargaining process months before you are due in court. Dismissals, reductions and substitutions of charge are focused on with our Pre-Arraignment Early Intervention Program. We immediately try to make an impact from day one, long before formal charges are actually filed by the government.
Technical defenses are used to hammer out hard bargained settlements, often eliminating or reducing jail or prison time.
Sexual offense charge substitution – sometimes the worst looking cases – can be often plea bargained without incarceration and sex offender registration.
Contact the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm today to schedule a consultation
In many cases, the sooner you obtain legal representation the better the ultimate outcome of your case will be. To schedule a free consultation with Florida criminal defense specialist Stephen G. Cobb, call (850) 669-5882.
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