Should you take the plea bargain in a sex crimes case?
Your attorney has suggested that you take a plea bargain but you are on the fence as to whether or not you should. Is he looking out for your interests or does he want the case over for some reason? Some attorneys are afraid to take a case to trial for any number of reasons. Convincing you to take a plea ends the case so they can move on. Of course, the attorney should be looking out for your best interests but often times, they are not. One way to check up on them is to use a sex crimes consultant.
When you use a sex crimes consultant, you should provide the entire file to him/her. I would need to see all the evidence against you along with any motions that have been filed. I prefer not to know anything about your attorney’s opinion on the case as I don’t want to be influenced in any way. I also need to know the plea bargain, the range of prison time if convicted, collateral consequences such as Megan’s Law registration and your risk tolerance. Factoring all of that in, I will provide you with a report of my opinion on the case, as well as pre-trial strategies and trial strategies in a nutshell. I do this so that when I give you my recommendation as to whether or not to accept the plea, you have my analysis to see how I arrived at my opinion. You can then compare that with the advice that you received from your attorney. It will likely give you a lot of talking points to go over. As a result, you should be able to decide for yourself if you should take the plea, go to trial or even hire another lawyer.