When it comes to defending against criminal charges, the outcomes are not always a total loss or complete dismissal of all charges. In many cases, the best outcome a person facing criminal charges can expect is some sort of plea bargain. A plea bargain is essentially a compromise by both the prosecution and the defense that lessens the charges, the penalties for the charges or both. However, just because a plea bargain is available does not mean that you should always take it. This is precisely why the quality of your representation is so very important.
The difference between an acceptable defense strategy and a good defense strategy often comes down to nuanced understanding of the probably outcome of your particular case as it pertains to the local legal system. Can you represent yourself in court? Yes, technically you can. Technically, you can also do all of your own plumbing repairs, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea if you don't have proper training and experience.
Plea deals are one of the areas of real-world legal practice where experience and understanding are indispensable. In some cases, a strong defense can help you obtain the best plea deal you're going to get, and in light of strong evidence against you, may be your best option. A strong defense also knows when to refuse a plea deal when the possibility of prevailing in court is strong.
If you face criminal charges, you deserve a strong defense by the best attorney you can obtain. A strong defense helps to ensure that your rights remain protected regardless of the details of your charges. Like many other areas of life, sometimes this truly means knowing when to keep fighting and when to take a good deal when you see one. At Duncan Kent, we understand representing all kinds of defendants in Jackson, and will fight to make sure that you receive the strong, professional defense you deserve.