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Understanding pleas and plea deals in a criminal matter

Facing criminal charges of any sort is a difficult undertaking. Some people might think that just burying the situation will make it easier to deal with it; however, you must ensure that you're addressing the matter as soon as possible. The more time you have to prepare your defense strategy, the more secure you might feel with it.

Throughout the criminal case, you'll have many decisions to make. This starts with what type of plea you choose to enter. If you opt to plead guilty, you are basically waiving your right to fight the accusations against you. You're admitting to the court that you did what you're accused of. If you do this, you're going to move to the sentencing phase of the case.

You also have the option of pleading not guilty. This plea enables you to fight against the charges. It doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to have to go through a trial. Instead, you may be able to work out a plea deal with the prosecutor, but this might only be possible if you have an attorney.

If you're considering a plea deal, you need to be sure you understand what this means for you. Typically, you'll have to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for the prosecutor seeking a specific penalty in the case. Remember, the court doesn't have to accept the plea. If it does accept it, you waive your right to appeal the case, so that must be considered before you agree to the deal.

Your attorney should help you to evaluate the options that you have for your case. You need to think about what you feel is in your best interests.

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