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Criminal Defense: Pleading Guilty to a Criminal Charge

In the practice of Criminal law and Criminal Defense, one position that an accused might find himself in is whether he or she should consider pleading guilty to a criminal charge. When you are faced with criminal charges, an accused will ultimately have to assess whether or not he wishes to go to trial, file a motion to try and suppress the evidence obtained against him Suppression Motions  and/or enter into a guilty plea agreement with the government. Regardless of where your case is in the criminal justice system, you should try and make sure that you are represented by an experienced Chester County Criminal Defense Attorney who can advise you along the way.

The first choice an accused has is whether or not he should go to trial against the government. When considering whether or not to try your case, you should consider the evidence that will be presented by the government and whether or not you can refute the evidence. read about our case results here The primary factor that a jury considers in weighing evidence in a case, is whether or not the evidence is corroborated by other evidence. Evidence in a criminal case can range from physical evidence such as fingerprints or DNA evidence and verbal evidence, which is statements or assertions made by witnesses on the stand such as identifications.

If after weighing and analyzing the evidence against you, you have decided that you don't stand much of a chance at trial, then there are different types of guilty pleas that you should consider. The first type of guilty plea is a negotiated guilty plea. This is a guilty plea where both your attorney and the government agree on the charge or charges that you will plead guilty to and the sentence that you will receive. The second type of guilty plea is an open plea, where your attorney and the government agree on the charge or charges you will plead guilty to, but leave the sentence up to the Judge.

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