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Should I Take The Plea Deal?

The answer to that question is – it depends. Pleading no contest or guilty is can lead to a criminal conviction, which can have severe, life-altering consequences. While you should always confer with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the final decision on whether to accept or reject a plea offer belongs to you – not your attorney or your family or friends. Here are some of the factors you should consider, in consultation with your attorney, in making your decision:

  • The charges;
  • the evidence against you;
  • the possible sentence you could face if you go to trial and lose;
  • whether the plea will allow you to get your charges sealed after the case is over;
  • immigration consequences;
  • your tolerance for taking risks;
  • the collateral consequences such as losing the ability to vote or own a gun.

Taking a plea is truly a personal decision and should be made with the help of competent counsel.

Houson R. Lafrance PA