As a practical matter, a large percentage of criminal cases end in guilty pleas as a result of plea bargaining. During the course of a criminal proceeding, prosecutors assess the strength of their case and make plea bargain offers that to some degree reflect the risk inherent in proceeding to trial. Plea offers also reflect the reality that there are far too many cases for the government to take each defendant to jury trial.
If you hire us, during the course of our representation, it’s likely that the government will make a plea offer in an attempt to get you to plead guilty. They may offer to allow you to plead guilty to a less serious offense, to cap jail time, or to minimize other collateral consequences. If a plea offer is made by the prosecutor, we’ll evaluate the offer and make a recommendation based on your situation. However, we’ll never pressure you to plead guilty to something you didn’t do.
A decision to accept or reject a plea-bargain offer rests solely with the client. If a client is guilty of something, an appropriate plea bargain can be a great resolution. If a client is innocent, we will not advise him to plead guilty.
A jury of normal people — a jury of your peers has a remarkable ability to see past the government’s hype and misdirection to discover the truth and to discover your innocence. If you’re facing criminal charges, call our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers to discuss how we can present your story to a jury of your peers. (616) 773-2945.