How Will a Plea Deal Benefit Me? - Liberty Law
Plea deals are a process by which you and your Salt Lake City DUI attorney work out a satisfactory resolution of your case with the prosecutor, subject to the court’s approval, without the necessity of a trial.
Plea deals typically allow you to plead guilty to a lesser offense, or perhaps to only one or some of the charges in a multi-count indictment, resulting, in either situation, in a lighter sentence than would be possible if convicted at a trial.
Additionally, there are other benefits for you with a successful plea deal. It takes far more time to bring a case to trial than to negotiate and come to a plea deal agreement. This also means higher attorney fees. The bottom line is the quicker the resolution, the less you pay.
A second benefit of a plea deal is having fewer or less serious convictions on your record. Clearly it will be better for your record to have fewer charges rather than more. More importantly, the difference between a misdemeanor conviction and a felony conviction may be significant, especially if you ever face similar charges in the future. Further, a felony conviction may trigger the forfeiture of a professional license, may preclude certain types of future employment and may preclude your ability to own or possess firearms or vote.
The best opportunity for a positive result in your case begins with a consultation with a Salt Lake City DUI attorney. Call today for a free evaluation of your case.