When an individual has been accused of a crime, he or she will likely stand trial to determine whether he or she is innocent or guilty. Some individuals, though, can bypass jury trials by entering a plea bargain.
Plea bargaining settles the majority of criminal cases in the United States. If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to learn about getting legal representation.
Understanding the Process
After an individual is charged with a crime, the prosecutor in the case may approach the individual about entering a plea bargain and, as a result, receiving a reduced sentence for the crimes. There are three types of plea bargains an individual may enter:
- Charge bargaining
- Count bargaining
- Sentence bargaining
Depending on the type of bargain, the individual may already know his or her sentence before agreeing to plea a certain way. Additionally, the accused individual will usually agree to lesser charges, as this will provide for lesser sentencing.
Individuals are advised to discuss their option thoroughly with an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer before speaking with a prosecutor or agreeing to enter a plea bargain.
The Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. are committed to fighting for the least severe sentences possible for their clients. If you have been accused of a crime, contact us today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more about getting proper representation for your criminal case.