The vast majority of criminal charges that are brought are either dropped or settled before they go to trail via a plea bargain. Why are prosecutors so likely to agree to a plea bargain? Keep reading if you are generally curious. If you are curious because you are facing criminal charges and want to know how to leverage your case for the best possible plea bargain, then we welcome your call to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
Prison and Jails Are Overcrowded
The fact of the matter is that overcrowded jails often leave judges and prosecutors with a choice between letting inmates out or not bringing new inmates in. The thought by the state is often that since non-violent offenders often do not do much jail time anyway, it may be best to keep them out of jail in the first place through creative sentencing.
Clogged Courtrooms and Calendars
Judges are bogged down. As a result, they often put pressure on prosecutors to move cases along as quickly as they can. Prosecutors know that judges would rather they find a reasonable plea bargain than to bring the case to trial in their court.
Likewise, prosecutors have their own overburdened calendars. They often have more work then they can handle, and so it makes sense to devote more energy to violent offenders and others accused of serious crimes instead of a person charged with a victimless crime. Plea bargains are much faster and simpler than trials – and they are cheaper for the prosecutor, too. With limited resources, it makes sense that prosecutors would focus only on the “worst” cases they have.
They Are Guaranteed a Conviction
Getting a case before a judge or jury is a gamble – for both sides. There are plenty of examples of seemingly airtight cases that resulted in not guilty verdicts. Even when the prosecutor is very confident of their case, there is no guarantee – except a plea bargain. This keeps their number of convictions up and assures that they are not faced with a huge upset.
Is a Plea Bargain Best for the Defendant?
If you are the defendant in a criminal case then you may wonder what your reasons would be for accepting a plea bargain. In fact, the answers are very similar: It’s faster, more affordable, and guarantees an outcome you can agree on. Many people would rather accept a sentence than gamble in court and end up with five times as much time behind bars.
That said, plea bargains are not always to the benefit of the defendant. This is where an experienced criminal defense attorney comes in. You can reach Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation to learn more.