The criminal justice system has a lot of possibilities. There are many different outcomes for cases and several ways to resolve them. When you are a defendant in one of these cases, it is best for you to learn about the ways that your case might be resolved so that you can determine what you are going to do.
We understand that for a person who hasn't ever been involved in the criminal justice system, this is a difficult journey. It is probably one that you never imagined you would have to take. We are here to help you explore the options that you have so that you can go into each step of the process with the information you need.
Most criminal justice cases are resolved through a plea bargain. This involves the defense and the prosecution working out a deal through negotiations. There are several points that can be considered in these cases. You might be able to face a less serious charge or have a specific sentence if you plead no contest or guilty in court.
Going through a trial is another possibility. These trials will take place in front of a jury unless you waive that right in favor of having a bench trial without a jury. In a bench trial, the judge hears the case and makes a determination.
No matter which option you are considering in your case, we are here to help ensure that you understand what each one means for your life. We will help you to protect your rights as your case marches on.