You’ve had your first appearance in court, and you know that the evidence against you is fairly overwhelming. You don’t want to hire an attorney if he’s just going to tell you to plead guilty—and at this point, it’s looking like you have no other option. Can pleading guilty to criminal charges mean less prison time?
If you plead guilty, you may be able to reduce your sentence in a plea bargain, or an agreement between the federal prosecutor and your attorney. However, you may also plead not guilty and take your chances at trial, with the added benefit of being able to change your plea later in front of a judge (and accept the terms of a plea agreement).
Here are a few more ways to reduce your criminal sentence:
Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you whether you should plead guilty or go to trial. Even if pleading guilty is your best option, you will still need a skilled legal representative to argue for a reduced sentence and lowered penalties in your case. Call Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP today at 888-733-2992 to explain the details of your case to us so we can begin building your strongest defense.