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When should I accept a Plea Bargain for my case?

Know your Exposure

When you’re charged with a crime, it is important for you to know the specifics of the charges you are facing. It is important to know what is the maximum time you could potentially serve in a County Jail or a State Prison for the offense. What other requirements can come with your conviction is extremely important as well. Does your case require you to have to register as a gang offender? Will you have to register as a Sex Offender under PC 290? You should always know the maximum risk you face, when determining whether to accept a Plea Bargain in your case. California Sentencing is some of the most complex rules of law written, so it is important to be fully informed of what could potentially happen to you if you do not settle your case.

What is the evidence against you?

You should always either know, through seeing, or through speaking with your attorney what the evidence is against you. It is important to know this information because in order to fight a case at a Jury Trial, you must know what the other side, the Prosecution, plans to introduce as evidence that you committed the crime. Having an experienced attorney that keeps you up to date on the status of your case, reviewing evidence with you, and advising you of the evidence you are facing, is critical to having the best representation in your criminal case.

Are you able to continue working and move on with a conviction on your record?

You must always determine how you future can be affected by a Plea Bargain. Some convictions can cause people to lose their jobs, or even their Professional Licenses. Some people that are not citizens, can be deported upon receiving a conviction for certain charges. It’s always important to know that jail, and a conviction, are only one aspect of how a criminal charge can affect your life and your future. You may never spend a day in jail from a criminal case, but you could still stand to lose everything else.

How do I decide if it’s best for me and my case to accept a plea bargain?

The easiest answer to this question is to find the right attorney for you. You need an attorney with knowledge of what you are facing, experience handling similar cases and reviewing evidence, and advocating on your behalf in Court when speaking to Judges and Prosecutors. It’s a big amount of trust, which his why it’s always important to find the right attorney for you. Sometimes, a case is worth fighting all the way to a Jury Trial. Other times, it’s in your best interest to settle your case for the best possible result available in your specific case. After carefully reviewing the evidence in your case, discussing possible results for your case, speaking with your attorney and get their opinion and weighing the pros and cons of accepting a plea bargain, only then, should you be able to, and educated enough, to make the best possible decision for yourself. Make sure to read over the Ten Tips to Hiring an Attorney, to consider when determining what person is best to represent you, or your loved one, in their criminal case.

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Deciding whether to accept a plea bargain is indeed one of the most critical decisions in the criminal justice process. A plea bargain can significantly affect the outcome of your case, your future, and your freedom. It’s not just about the immediate consequences but also about understanding the long-term implications of such a decision. That’s why it’s vital to have an informed, strategic approach, guided by knowledgeable legal representation.

At Inland Empire Defense, we understand the weight of this decision and are committed to providing comprehensive support and guidance throughout the process. Our role is to help you understand the full scope of your options, the potential pros and cons of each route, and to tailor our advice to the specifics of your case and personal circumstances.

Navigating the intricacies of plea bargains requires a nuanced understanding of the law, the legal system, and the potential repercussions on your life. I am here to provide that insight, ensuring that you are fully informed and confident in whatever decision you make.

If you’re considering a plea bargain or simply need guidance on your options in a criminal case, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional legal assistance. Contact your local Ontario Criminal Defense Attorney at Inland Empire Defense by calling 909-939-7126. Located in Ontario, we are here to support you with expert advice and representation, helping you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Does the attorney offer confidential consultations?

Absolutely, Inland Empire Criminal Defense prioritizes your privacy and confidentiality. Every consultation with our attorney is conducted with the utmost discretion, ensuring your information remains secure and private.

Does the attorney offer payment plans?

Yes, understanding the financial pressures that can come with legal representation, our attorney offers flexible payment plans. This approach ensures that quality legal defense is accessible for all our clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

Is the consultation free?

Yes, Inland Empire Criminal Defense offers free consultations. This is part of our commitment to providing accessible and transparent legal services to residents of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

Are the consultations in person or only over the phone?

We offer both in-person and over-the-phone consultations to accommodate your preferences and needs. Whether you’re in Riverside, San Bernardino, or Los Angeles County, we ensure that you can access our legal services in the way that suits you best.

Is the office open on weekends?

Our office is typically closed on weekends. However, we do make exceptions for meetings by special arrangement. Our commitment is to be as accommodating as possible to meet the unique needs of our clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

Does the attorney serve all of California?

Our legal services are specifically tailored to residents of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. For cases outside these areas, we recommend consulting to find appropriate legal assistance. Our focused approach allows us to provide specialized defense catering to the unique legal landscape of these counties.

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