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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.

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Kerry L. Armstrong

Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm, the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, in June 2007. Prior to that, he was employed as the senior associate attorney for a large criminal defense firm in San Diego for nine years, eventually being placed in charge of that firm’s branch office in downtown San Diego. At one point, he was managing six attorneys at that firm, as well as several support staff and law clerks. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys. In 2017, he was also selected for the Super Lawyers Top 50 in San Diego list. In 2014, he was selected as a Top Attorney by Los Angeles Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Armstrong was also named as a Top Attorney by the San Diego Business Journal in 2014.

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