A criminal case against you can seem like the end of your life before your eyes. At some point during your criminal case, you might get hit with a plea bargain offer. You should be considering at this point various aspects of this offer and if it'll be worth your time taking it.
To understand if you should take a plea bargain, you should fully understand what a plea bargain actually is. A plea bargain is a proposition made by a prosecutor in which they will ask for a lesser punishment if you follow their demands.
Demands given in a plea bargain can include testifying against another or pleading guilty so you don't have to go through an entire trial. Both sides of a case need to caution though that a judge is never required to approve a plea deal, causing a defendant to potentially have a lesser or greater sentence than that deal.
At the start of just being charged, a defendant should always get a lawyer involved. Lawyers are very crucial in the process of plea bargains for multiple reasons.
To have a successful plea bargain, you'll first want to relay your demands to your lawyer. This can include lesser time or community service depending on what you feel like doing.
It'll then be the job of your lawyer to work with the prosecutors to find a deal that suits the crime and the assumed verdict of that case. A lawyer then can advise if they believe that's the best deal they can get and if it'll be worth taking that deal instead of going through an entire case.
Depending on the type of criminal case, a lawyer can take up thousands or millions of dollars worth of your money. Considering a plea deal early on can be important in this case as it could save you money depending on how you believe a case will go.
For cases that you believe will end up not in your favor, you're probably going to want to take a plea deal early on so you aren't ending up using a lawyer in court that's just wasting time and money from you. You're also likely to get a better deal if you do it early on.
If you believe that you can win a case, it's possible that you can go back to court later after winning and sue for any damages to make up for any money that you spent on your lawyer. The decision to do this though shouldn't be taken lightly as you can end up with a lot more prison time and bills if it doesn't go through the way that you wish.
Fighting a criminal case and winning can be liberating for those that know they are truly innocent. You'll need to judge the time though to know if it's worth it for you to go down that route and potentially lose a longer portion of your life if you end up losing.
Depending on the judge, they might like to know that you're willing to take punishment and deal with the consequences of your actions. This could leave you just a couple of years of prison time if you decide to take a plea deal.
If you decide not to take a plea deal, they might find themselves surrounded in which they lose a case and end up spending double or even more years in prison along with other punishments added on like community service or being forced to stay on parole for a long time.