Some people think that when one is charged with a crime, say, illegal possession of marijuana, the case automatically goes to trial. The truth is that trials are often an arduous process. At times, the prosecution team ends up deciding to use its resources and time on other cases while still seeing some sort of penalty given to the criminal (or suspect, for that matter).
As such, prosecutors may offer the suspect’s legal counsel a plea bargain agreement. The conditions of such agreements usually vary per case, but the common denominator is that the suspects plead guilty to the crime they are charged with. In return, the charges against them or the penalties will be reduced. Prosecutors offer these so they can get a conviction as swiftly as possible.
Suspects must understand, however, that accepting a plea bargain agreement does not automatically put them at an advantage. It could even put them between a rock and a hard place. This is why it’s critical for suspects to have a skilled criminal defense attorney by their side to ensure that when a plea bargain agreement is offered, the conditions would be for their benefit.
If, for instance, the suspects and their lawyers are confident that the prosecution team doesn’t have enough evidence to prove guilt, a plea bargain may be refused. Whatever the decision is, the criminal lawyer would have the client’s best interest in mind.