During your arraignment, a judge will explain the charges you’re facing, the consequences, and your rights. For some misdemeanor offenses, you will also be asked to enter a plea for the accusations made against you.
Should I Plead Guilty?
Although this type of crime is considered less serious than a felony, it is not recommended to plead “guilty.” Doing so will result in a conviction that gets put on your criminal record, and could affect you for the rest of your life.
Rather than walking into an arraignment, admitting to committing the offense, and accepting punishments for the crime you were charged with, it is good to understand your options that could have a more favorable result.
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Negotiating a Plea Agreement
During the criminal trial process, your lawyer could enter into negotiations with the prosecutor to strike up a deal on your behalf. These bargains could result in the prosecutor dropping charges or reducing sentencing.
For example, instead of being charged with a first-degree offense, the prosecutor and your attorney could agree to have it lowered to a third-degree misdemeanor, which could result in lesser penalties.
Going to Trial
If the pre-trial negotiations do not lead to a favorable result, your attorney can take the case to trial and fight the allegations. During the proceedings, the prosecutor must submit proof that you committed the alleged crime, and your actions satisfied every element of the offense you were accused of.
They must convince the fact-finder (the judge or jury) beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. At the same time, your lawyer has the opportunity to challenge the evidence and cross-examine the witnesses to weaken the prosecutor’s case. If the prosecutor fails to meet their burden of proof, the fact-finder must decide that you are innocent.
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Backed by extensive legal experience, our attorney knows how to build a compelling defense strategy and fight the charges you’re facing. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and freedoms and will leverage our negotiating and trial skills to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
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