Being accused of a crime and facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience. It’s natural for those people to consider whether they should undergo a trial or enter a guilty plea to avoid a trial and accept a conviction. Unfortunately, many innocent people plead guilty even though they did not commit a crime, believing it is their best shot at achieving lesser charges. However, before you enter a plea deal or agree to one, consult our seasoned Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorneys, who can guide you through this complex legal process and safeguard your rights.
What should I do if I’m arrested in New York?
If you are arrested in New York, it is imperative to exercise your constitutional rights. Unfortunately, there are times when individuals fail to exercise their rights, which can result in dire consequences. It is crucial to invoke your right to remain silent, meaning you should not answer any questions or accept any deals before you’ve consulted with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. After the police have read your Miranda Rights, anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Alongside your right to remain silent, you also have the right to an attorney. You have the right to have an attorney present during interrogations. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will provide one. In addition, you have the right to a speedy trial by a jury of peers. If you are not guilty of the crime you’ve been accused of, you must avoid pleading guilty. Entering a guilty plea as your first move in your defense strategy is not advisable. However, after consulting with your defense attorney, they may suggest entering a guilty plea to receive a reduced sentence by agreeing to lesser charges as part of a plea deal.
Why do some people plead guilty?
As mentioned above, in some situations, an individual facing criminal charges may decide it is in their best interest to enter a guilty plea. However, the choice to do so often depends on the unique circumstances of each particular case. There are typically two primary reasons someone might enter a guilty plea. The first is the time it takes to undergo a criminal trial. The more complex your case, the longer it will take. Generally, a criminal trial takes several months to a year to resolve, and multiple postponements and continuances can further prolong the process.
Additionally, fighting for your innocence can be a costly endeavor. Pleading guilty can significantly reduce your legal expenses, which can become overwhelming if you’re dealing with a complex case that takes years to settle. Due to these factors, many individuals plead guilty despite their innocence.
However, before you conclude that pleading guilty is in your best interest to achieve lesser charges, you must be advised and represented by a qualified attorney who will help you determine the best course of action given your circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to contact a determined attorney from Grunwald & Seman, P.C., who will work tirelessly to help defend your rights and interests.