Pleading guilty may sound stressful and you may think that it would make your case even more difficult than before. However, remember that your trial would also bring a great deal of turmoil. This may make you wonder whether you should plead guilty and avoid the trial.
As the defendant, it is your choice to either go to trial or plead guilty. However, your defense attorney will tell you about the consequences of your choice so that you can make an informed decision.
Pleading guilty to a crime presents several disadvantages.
- You might not have time before the sentencing. Pleading guilty will move you through the judicial system faster. This might not bode well for you if you need to get your affairs in order, such as your job or family.
- You might be sentenced to years in prison. This means that you will be away from your family, work and life as you know it, depending upon the sentence.
- You may lose out on a potential plea bargain that would have helped you out in the long run.
- You might face issues, such as losing a professional license or have a criminal record that would follows you everywhere
Not everything is easier or brighter if you plead guilty, which is why you need to very carefully consider your decision and seek a criminal lawyer’s help before you plead guilty.