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Friday, July 17, 2020

Should I Accept a Plea Bargain in Ohio?

If you've been charged with a crime in Ohio, you have many important decisions to make. One such decision is whether to take your case to trial. Some criminal defendants, in order to avoid trial, accept a plea bargain. A plea bargain allows a criminal defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid possible conviction at trial of a more serious charge. In order to determine whether to accept a plea bargain, it's important for you to understand how plea bargains work in Ohio. In addition, you should never accept a plea bargain without first consulting with an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney.

What is a Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is an arrangement between a prosecutor and defendant in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence or an agreement to drop other charges. Defendants often see plea bargains as a quick method of resolving a criminal case. And although this is generally true, accepting a plea bargain can have serious consequences.

The Plea Bargain Process in Ohio

Both the defendant and prosecutor can initiate plea bargain talks. However, both parties must agree on the terms for a plea bargain to be valid. A valid plea bargain typically includes at least one of the following:

  • The defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge,
  • The defendant pleads guilty to fewer charges, or
  • The defendant pleads guilty to the original charge in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Things to Consider

When deciding whether to accept a plea bargain in Ohio, there are several important things to consider, including:

  • Whether you’ll have to go to jail or prison - Although plea bargains result in lesser sentences, jail or prison time is sometimes unavoidable. Therefore, if the avoidance of jail or prison time isn’t part of the deal, you should seriously consider fighting your charge.
  • You usually can’t change your mind – If you accept a plea bargain, you may waive your right to appeal. This means that you can’t change your mind later and fight the charge.
  • You’ll have a criminal record – If you accept a plea bargain, you’ll have a criminal record. This can affect you long after your conviction. For example, a criminal record can affect your ability to find employment, attend school, and even vote.

Contact an Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

You should never accept a plea bargain without first consulting with an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney. Therefore, if you’ve been charged with a crime in Ohio, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our Ohio criminal defense attorneys will analyze the facts of your case and advise you on the best course of action while working diligently to ensure that you obtain the best outcome possible in your Ohio criminal case. If you need aggressive legal representation in Ohio, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.


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