No one disagrees that hiring an attorney is expensive. So, when you plan to plead guilty and you have no intentions of going to trial, you may assume there is no need to encounter the costs of an attorney. While you may think you are saving yourself some money, you may actually be costing yourself much more than you realize. Ample legal representation is key when taking a guilty plea and failure to do so could mean you do not get a fair deal.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney – Even If You Plead Guilty
Regardless of your intentions, prosecutors should not be able to negotiate with you directly if you do not have someone there looking out for your best interests. Some reasons you should consider hiring an attorney include:
- You need someone that can analyze your case. Sometimes a plea deal is not needed. Instead, an attorney can examine the facts of your case and possibly find that you were arrested without probable cause. Even if the case is not dismissed because of the analysis, you may be able to strengthen your bargaining power with the prosecution – and possibly find an even lesser charge to plead guilty to.
- An attorney can negotiate a better deal than you can. Defense attorneys know how to negotiate and they know minimum sentences for each charge. Also, just like in any negotiation, you never should take the first offer given to you. A defense attorney can find leverage to secure a better deal and hopefully lessen the penalties.
- Your attorney may be able to find an alternative to jail time. Your attorney knows of jail alternatives and if your case applies, they may be able to secure them for you. For example, you may be able to go on probation instead of serving jail time or you may be eligible for a diversion program. Only an attorney will know what programs you are eligible for and can help negotiate an agreement with the prosecution and judge on your behalf.
- Your attorney advises you as to what you are pleading to so you understand it fully. It is important that you understand the consequences of your guilty plea and do not rely on the prosecution to tell you. An attorney can tell you how it will impact employment, housing or even your immigration status (if applicable). It is important that you know all potential consequences before accepting a deal.
- Your attorney will ensure prosecution holds up their deal. Just because you have orally agreed to a deal does not necessarily mean prosecutors will keep their word. With a criminal defense attorney, you can ensure the deal you negotiated is honored and any special conditions are enforced.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Before Making a Deal – Call Keegan Law
Regardless of whether or not you plan to plead guilty, you should contact an attorney. Keegan Law can review the facts of your case for free and tell you if you are making the right decision. We may be able to find reduced charges or even have your case dismissed. Contact us online or call (617) 799-7644 now to get started.