When Should I Plead Guilty To A Criminal Charge?

by J.D. Garrett on January 18, 2013

Being charged with a criminal offense, even a criminal traffic offense like DUI or reckless driving, is a stressful experience, particularly for people who have an otherwise clean record. Being convicted of a crime can impact employment, relationships, and standing in the community. As difficult as it may be to accept, your best interest may be served by pleading guilty to the criminal charge.

After consultation with an criminal lawyer, individuals come to understand how the law will apply to their particular facts. In many cases, they will have to acknowledge that the evidence against them is simply insurmountable. In these situations, their criminal defense attorney is just as invaluable to them.

Pleading guilty may actually reduce the severeness of the ramifications. If presented properly by an attorney, judges should, and often do, give credit to those who plead guilty and accept responsibility for their actions. For individuals who have multiple charges, a plea of guilty often leads to a reduction or dismissal of other charges. In both of these circumstances, the result can lead to reduced jail time, and may reduce or eliminate fines and court costs.

If you or someone in your family has been charged with a criminal charge, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Virginia Beach. Garrett Law Group, PLC is available to answer your questions 24-hour a day, (757) 422-4646.

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