I want to start this article off by saying that most cases in the State of Michigan and in the federal courts are resolved by plea deals. The truth is most criminal cases do not go to trial. If every case went to trial the criminal justice system would grind to a halt. While some cases should go to trial, the fact is a negotiated plea deal can be in your best interest. Your attorney cannot force you to accept a plea deal. You always maintain your right to go to a trial.
I want to dispel one myth at the very beginning of this article. Some defendants say that “my attorney wanted me to cop a deal” as if this is a bad idea. I also want to say one other thing up front. Do some attorneys want their clients to accept a plea deal so they can close the case? The answer is: Yes. Is it wrong? Again the answer is – yes.
But, because some attorneys lack integrity does not mean that a plea deal is not in your best interest. You have to have trust in the attorney that you hire. The truth is a very good plea deal can save you jail time, reduce charges, avoid a conviction, and save you money in fines/costs and legal fees. The purpose of this article is to explain how a plea deal can be in your best interest.