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Friday, December 6, 2019

Here's Why You Should Consider Fighting Your Criminal Charges in Ohio

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Ohio, you have several important things to consider. For example, you need to evaluate the likelihood that your case will go to trial, the advantages and disadvantages of a plea bargain, and the possibility of receiving a lenient sentence if you plead guilty. The decision of whether to plead guilty or to fight your charges is huge, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. In many cases, fighting your charges with a team of experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys is the right choice. Below is an overview of why you should consider fighting your criminal charges in Ohio. 

It’s your right

As a criminal defendant, you have the right to fight your charges. In addition, under the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to an attorney. Therefore, before you take any action that may affect the outcome of your case, you should consult with an Ohio criminal defense attorney for guidance. 

A guilty plea is often irreversible 

If you plead guilty and then change your mind, you may be out of luck. You don’t have an absolute right to change your plea after pleading guilty. In order to reverse your plea, the judge may require you to prove certain things, and the prosecutor will almost certainly oppose your efforts. 

A guilty plea results in a permanent public criminal record

If you plead guilty and are subsequently convicted, you’ll be stuck with a permanent public criminal record. Potential employers, banks, landlords, and others will have access to this information long after you’ve served your sentence.  

A guilty plea limits your options

If you decide to enter a guilty plea, you limit your options. Following your plea, the judge will accept the plea, convict you of the charges, and hand down a sentence. Remember, police and prosecutors often make mistakes that can result in the dismissal of your charges. If you plead guilty, however, your attorney won’t have the opportunity to point these mistakes out to the judge.  

A guilty plea limits your appeal options

If you plead guilty and are convicted of a crime, you severely limit your ability to appeal the court’s decision. However, if you fight your charges and are found guilty, there is still hope that the decision may be reversed on appeal. 

Let us help you fight your charges 

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Ohio, you should strongly consider fighting your charges. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our aggressive Ohio criminal defense attorneys will fight for your rights. After analyzing your case, our talented and aggressive attorneys will advise you on the best course of action and work diligently to ensure you obtain the best outcome possible in your Ohio criminal case. If you need strong legal representation in Ohio, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.  

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