When being investigated for or charged with a crime, many people in the criminal justice system will often offer you a plea deal that in many instances they will scare you into accepting. When this happens, who is protecting your rights, and is accepting the best solution to a tough situation?
The article from Vice News sums up the controversy behind getting people to accept plea deals because the alternative is extreme punishment if found guilty. A trial is a great risk, but when one is innocent, should they ever plead guilty? No is the simple answer, but in criminal law, nothing is simple.
Essentially, a person should never plead guilty to any crime without adequate representation from a criminal defense attorney. Whether the charge is very serious and violent in nature like murder or rape, or just a misdemeanor charge for crimes such as drunk in public, simple possession or driving under the influence, the best plan of action is to have a criminal defense attorney represent you.
A criminal defense attorney such as myself can not only help you reach an adequate and fair deal with a prosecutor, but will know when the time is right to fight a charge because either you are innocent or the evidence against you was obtained improperly. Not only do you need years of education and experience on your side, but someone who is willing to fight the system designed to put you behind bars is in your best interest. What works at getting you the best possible outcome when facing a criminal charge? Hard work by someone on your side fighting for your rights.