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Plea Bargaining In Criminal Defense Cases

Many criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. A plea bargain is a negotiated agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor in which the defendant pleads guilty in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. This can involve a reduction of the charges, a sentence recommendation or even the dismissal of certain charges.

Regardless of the nature of your case, at Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I am here to advocate for you. I am a trial-tested criminal defense lawyer and skilled negotiator who understands the pluses and minuses of accepting a plea bargain. With over 20 years of experience representing people in Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area, you can be confident knowing that your legal case is in good hands.

When Can Plea Bargaining Occur?

Plea bargaining can happen at any time throughout the criminal justice process, from the early stages after you have been charged to right before (and sometimes even after) a trial has started. Depending on the nature of the charges, your defense lawyer will meet regularly with the prosecutor, and a plea bargain may be discussed during any of those meetings.

Why Accept A Plea Bargain?

Accepting a plea bargain can be a strategic move for various reasons, including the following:

  • Reduced charges: A plea bargain may involve pleading guilty to one charge while others are dismissed, or pleading guilty to a lesser charge. This may result in avoiding a criminal record, retaining certain professional licenses or securing a shorter sentence.
  • Predictability: You will know what penalties you’ll face, eliminating the risk of a harsher sentence if you are found guilty by a jury and a judge chooses your sentence.
  • Faster resolution: A plea bargain can offer a quicker path to resolving your case and moving forward with your life.

While plea bargaining offers advantages, it is worth emphasizing that you should never plead guilty to crimes you did not commit. As a skilled trial attorney, I am prepared to pursue all available avenues to defend your interests and your rights. I will not recommend or push you to accept a plea deal that is not appropriate based on your situation.

Let Me Advocate For You

If you have been accused of a crime and you want to better understand the role plea negotiation might play in your case, call me at 727-202-4418 or send me an email today.