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WHEN SHOULD A CRIMINAL DEFENSE PLAN INCLUDE A PLEA AGREEMENT?

WHEN SHOULD A CRIMINAL DEFENSE PLAN INCLUDE A PLEA AGREEMENT?

Posted in Criminal Defense

There are several ways to build a criminal defense plan when facing criminal charges. Defendants always have the right to explore the best and most beneficial options for their criminal defense, including possibly pursuing a plea agreement. There are times when this may be the best option for a defendant, but this always depends on the circumstances of the individual case.

In Illinois, a woman has recently entered a guilty plea for charges related to a drunk driving accident that claimed the life of one person. The drunk driving accident also injured three other people. The prosecution claims that she was driving in excess of 130 miles per hour when she went through a red light, ultimately hitting a car and killing the passenger.

The prosecution also claims that the woman had a blood alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit for driving. Legal representation for the defendant alleges that the driver was not driving as fast as indicated by the prosecution, but that all of the other aspects of the prosecution’s case was correct. The acquiescence from the defendant is likely part of the plea agreement.

A plea agreement is not the best criminal defense choice for everyone, but it may be a good option if there is significant incriminating evidence available to the prosecution. A plea agreement may allow a defendant to negotiate a lesser consequence, such as less jail time or lower fines, and a faster resolution to the legal process. In this particular case, it is not clear what the Illinois woman’s sentence will be, but she is due for sentencing in the near future.

Source: pantagraph.com, “Driver pleads guilty in fatal Collins accident“, Edith Brady-Lunny, Aug. 25, 2014

Source: pantagraph.com, “Driver pleads guilty in fatal Collins accident“, Edith Brady-Lunny, Aug. 25, 2014



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