Sometimes, a plea bargain is in your best interest. After investigating your DUI case, examining the evidence, and consulting with experts, a lawyer may encourage you to accept a plea bargain instead of take your case to trial. Plea bargains should never be the first option. It is, however, a legitimate choice once all other possibilities are exhausted. You may wonder whether or not you actually need an attorney to help you plead guilty.
This is a fair, but uninformed question. Plea bargaining doesn't just involved pleading guilty – it's a skill. For instance, attorneys with a reputation for taking cases to court make better plea bargainers. Why? Even if the prosecution has a strong case against you, he can't know whether or not you are innocent or guilty of the charges brought against you. In essence, prosecution will have a harder time calling your bluff if you're working with an aggressive attorney.
Additionally, if prosecution has a convincing case, a skilled attorney may be able to bargain for your charges to be reduced. Instead of a DUI, you could plead guilty for reckless driving. A plea bargain to a reduced charged is more likely when you are working with a lawyer – without one, the prosecution will assume that you intended to plead guilty from the beginning and resist decreasing any criminal allegations you face.
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