When an individual is accused of a crime and knows he or she is at fault, the individual may choose to admit guilt and enter a plea bargain, if applicable. Plea bargains often reduce sentences for individuals who have committed crimes in exchange for this guilty plea.
Usually, the prosecutor must offer the accused individual the opportunity to enter a plea bargain. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100 for a free initial consultation.
Entering a Plea Bargain
In the United States, an estimated 90% of criminal cases are settled by plea bargain rather than by trial. Usually, an individual is offered the opportunity to enter a plea bargain when he or she agrees to admit guilt for the crime in question.
There are three basic types of plea bargains:
- Charge bargaining, when an individual admits guilt to a lesser crime than the one with which he or she has been charged
- Count bargaining, when an individual is accused of several crimes and admits guilt to some of those crimes
- Sentence bargaining, when an individual knows the sentence that will be handed down when he or she admits guilt
An experienced defense attorney can help you negotiate and assess the terms of a plea bargain. For dedicated legal representation in your criminal case, contact the San Jose criminal defense attorneys of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100.