Being arrested can be terrifying, stressful and often confusing. In most cases, once a person is arrested, things can move fast and get very complicated. In a confused mental state, it can be tempting to accept a plea bargain from a prosecutor. However, you need to know if you are getting the best deal. Before accepting a plea bargain you should ask yourself a few questions:
Have I talked to my attorney? – You should firstly speak to an attorney who is representing you before accepting a plea. An attorney representing you will be able to give you a better idea of current prosecution trends, possible sentences, etc. Apart from this, your attorney will be able to analyze the evidence against you.
Is the plea offer really any sort of bargain? – Most prosecutors and public defenders will try to push cases through the system quickly while getting a conviction. Therefore it is advisable to hire a private criminal defense attorney to represent you. This way your attorney will be able to negotiate a better deal for you.
Is this offer really in my best interest? – You should know that prosecutors are not interested in your best interest and therefore will try to convince you that this is the best deal on offer. Therefore, analyze if the evidence against you is sufficient for a conviction. Remember if you accept a plea, you waive the right to a trial.