A person charged with a crime may be willing to confess their guilt for that crime if the prosecutor is willing to offer a reduced sentence. This agreement is known as a plea bargain, as a person agrees to accept penalties for their involvement in a crime while the prosecution often agrees to provide lesser charges or penalties. A plea bargain is well-suited for defendant who are willing to admit their guilt or are looking for a more definitive way to reduce the possibility of long-term jail sentences.
In some cases, it may be wise for a defendant to accept a particularly attractive plea bargain offered by a prosecutor. These circumstances may include the following:
- When a defendant wants to confess.
- When a defendant would rather accept a lighter sentence.
- When a plea bargain significant cuts down charges.
A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can work with a defendant to figure out whether they should accept a prosecutor’s offers or not. In some situations, a person may not necessarily realize the full scope of the bargain without the assistance of an experienced attorney to help them.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.