Should You Take Your Criminal Case to Trial?
3 years ago by Brian
In some Minnesota criminal cases, you may be better off accepting a plea deal, but if you have one or more strong legal defenses to your criminal charge, you might be better off rolling the dice and taking your criminal case to trial. At a criminal trial, the judge or jury will decide the verdict in your case.
The ultimate consequences of being convicted on a criminal charge can be extremely serious. In some cases, accepting a favorable plea deal from the prosecutor in your case might be your best bet, while at other times, you may be better off going to trial. This latter option might be better if you believe that you have one or more strong legal defenses to your pending criminal charge(s).
The experienced team of Woodbury criminal defense lawyers at JS Defense, PA., can help you decide if taking your criminal case to trial is a good legal option, given your circumstances. Please give us a call today to learn more about how we could assist with defending you against your pending criminal charge.
What is a Plea Deal?
In some criminal cases, the prosecuting attorney might be willing to offer the criminal defendant a plea deal in the case. Under a plea deal or plea bargain, in exchange for pleading guilty, the accused will receive some type of concession from the state prosecutor who is handling the case. For example, the accused might be able to plead guilty to a lesser charge than what he or she was originally charged with. The accused might also be offered a period of probation in exchange for pleading guilty. In order to avoid the black mark of a conviction on his or her criminal record, the accused must successfully complete all of the terms of his or her probation.
When a Criminal Trial Might be the Better Option
There are always risks associated with taking a case to trial – in both civil and criminal matters. At a criminal trial, a judge or jury will decide the outcome of the case. However, in instances where the prosecutor is not offering a favorable plea deal and/or the accused has a strong legal defense to the pending criminal charge or charges, the accused might be better off taking the case to trial. Possible legal defenses to a criminal charge include self-defense, defense of others, alibi, and mistaken identity. An experienced Woodbury criminal defense attorney in your case can help you decide whether taking your criminal case to trial might be the best option for you.
Speak with a Woodbury Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
The knowledgeable legal team at JS Defense, P.A., can help you decide if taking your case to trial is the best legal option for you and your case. If you do decide to take your case to trial, we will be with you every step of the way, advocating for your legal interests in court.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury criminal defense attorney, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information.