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Plea Bargaining

Courtroom scenes and legal jargon have been mainstays of popular culture throughout most of the history of film and television. As a result of the lifelong exposure to these artistic representations, many individuals feel as if they possess at least a passing knowledge and understanding of the legal process. The truth of the matter, however, is that relying on these depictions can lead to crucial misunderstandings that weigh heavily against the idea of bring a pro se defense, whereby a defendant serves as his or her own counsel. One area in which this can be especially problematic is with regard to the plea bargaining process.

If you have been arrested and are facing criminal charges, it may be possible for a skilled and experienced attorney to argue on your behalf for a lesser charge, or other improved outlook. Contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss the specific details of your case.

How Plea Bargaining Can Help

Though the system was not intended to function this way, political pressures can sometimes lean quite heavily on the mind of the district attorney's office. As a consequence, there are situations when the public perception of a prosecution's aggressive pursuit of a case or what appears to overt leniency can prompt a prosecutor to consider a different course of action than that initially brought before the court. This can work in your favor in a number of different ways, including:

  • The possibility of deferred adjudication for a first offense
  • Reducing the severity of a charge by pleading guilty to a related misdemeanor instead of a felony
  • Withdrawal of plans to pursue capital punishment
  • Reduced sentencing

Contact Us

You are constitutionally guaranteed a fair trial, and a committed attorney can help to ensure that you receive one. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 for more information.


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