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The decision of whether to plea or go to trial
As part of every criminal defense case in Virginia there will be a time when your attorney will negotiate with the Commonwealth Attorney for the Virginia city or county where the prosecution is ongoing. This may happen at any point from when you hire your Virginia lawyer until your Virginia criminal trial. Your attorney will present you with potential plea offer and it will be your decision whether or not to take it. Should you plea or risk a trial?
When you retain the services of our Virginia lawyers, you will obtain legal advice, expertise, and experience. Our Virginia lawyers are not afraid to try your case when it is in our client’s best interests.
When we present you with the offered plea, we will also present you with our prediction of what we estimate would happen if we go to trial. For example, recently we got an offer from a prosecutor for a Virginia assault and battery case. Our client stated that she was innocent and would rather go down trying rather than plea guilty to something she did not do. The prosecutor’s offer did not carry the possibility of jail. We went to trial and after several hours our client got acquitted. We will not shy away from a fight, but will candidly advice you to take a plea bargain that is in your best interests.
Return to the Virginia Criminal Case Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Contact a Virginia lawyer for advice on whether to accept a plea or go to trial.
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