What is a Plea Bargain?

When you are accused of a crime, don’t feel as though there is no recourse besides guilty or not guilty; you can also negotiate a plea bargain. A plea bargain happens when the defendant agrees to plead guilty to their charge in return for a lower penalty. 

Often, if your case involves more than one person and the prosecutor would like to use your testimony against another defendant then they may offer you a plea bargain. Your Miami criminal defense attorney can help to negotiate a plea bargain between you and the prosecutor. 

Agreeing to the stipulations in a plea bargain can aid you in multiple ways. First off, it allows you to know the terms of your punishment ahead of time. You do not have to endure the time and money spent on a trial that could be decided by a bad jury who hands down a harsh punishment. 

Second, the punishments are usually less severe when you agree to a plea bargain. For instance, you may get only probation rather than jail time. Or, your Miami criminal defense lawyer might be able to enroll you in a pre-trial diversion program. These programs ultimately dismiss your case without ever going to court if you successfully complete the program. 

Contacting a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you are facing criminal charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact the Miami criminal defense attorneys at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 877-663-5110.