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Should you consider a plea bargain?

Whenever a person is charged with a crime, they should do their best to fight the charges and push to have them dismissed. However, in many cases, it is simply not possible to see charges dismissed entirely, and a defendant may consider accepting a plea bargain to avoid more serious sentencing. Unfortunately, many defendants accept plea bargains that hurt them in the long run because they do not understand the risks involved.

Some prosecutors will offer plea bargains to first offenders who may have a stronger defense than they realize. Once defendants accept the plea bargain, however, they usually then have a conviction that gets them into a system that is difficult to escape, especially if they must serve jail time.

This is particularly true for immigrants who may face deportation if they get arrested for anything -- even a small infraction. While this does not always happen, it is possible. Immigrants who face criminal charges must consider their legal options very carefully and make sure that they understand the consequences of accepting a plea bargain if they receive an offer of one. It may help lessen punishment for a specific charge, but it may also result in deportation in the end.

If you or someone you love faces criminal charges of any kind, a strong legal strategy is essential. Plea bargains sometimes benefit defendants, but they are not something to accept automatically. Make sure that you have sound legal guidance before you consider any plea bargain and in order to protect your rights as you deal with the charges against you.

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