Oftentimes, when a person is charged for a crime, they believe that if
they plead guilty right away, the punishments and penalties for the crime
will be reduced. Sometimes, law enforcement officers will offer a person
a plea bargain. In these cases, an agreement is formed between the prosecution
and the defense. Usually, the defendant will relay some kind of information, along with
pleading guilty in return for reduced charges or penalties.
Although these arrangements may seem tempting at first glance, it is best
to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights
are protected throughout the process. In some incidents, a defendant will
even receive full punishments.
Below is a list of questions you may have if you are considering pleading guilty.
Do I have a deadline of when I can retain a lawyer?
- No. By law, you have the constitutional right to retain a lawyer at any
time once you have been charged with a crime.
What will an attorney be able to do if I am going to plead guilty regardless?
- An aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will be able to
pinpoint any flaws in the prosecution’s case.
Can a lawyer help me negotiate a plea?
- A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may have a better chance at negotiating
a plea agreement for you. Since a criminal defense lawyer will know what
intricacies to look for, the chances of having your charges reduced or
dismissed increase with the help of a lawyer.
Are there any other options?
- In some cases, if you are charged for a crime, you can plead “no
contest,” which is entirely different from pleading guilty.
If You Have Been Charged with a Crime
No matter what the crime may be, if you plan to plead guilty, we suggest
you speak with
an Atlanta criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C. Our relentless team
works hard to give our clients the representation they deserve throughout
every case. No matter how big or small your issue may seem, we can protect
your rights and do everything in our power to have your penalties and
When your rights are on the line, you cannot afford to wait.
Contact the Atlanta criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C. today!