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Should I Plead Guilty If I Know I Am Guilty Of What I Have Been Accused?

Even if an individual knows that they are guilty of the charge, there is never an advantage to rushing into a guilty plea unless doing so will prohibit the state from filing more serious charges down the line. In every situation, such decisions should be discussed with an experienced attorney who will ensure that an individual understands all of their options and covers all of their bases before making a decision.

Does Pleading Guilty Diminish Any Chances Of Appellate Relief?

Pleading guilty does not diminish the chances of appellate relief. If someone pled guilty and the judge finds that they had ineffective assistance of counsel, then the case could be re-opened. A claim to ineffective assistance of counsel, however, cannot be made valid by simply stating that good advice was not provided by that counsel—such a realization should have been made prior to pleading guilty. Making this realization can be difficult, which is why it’s important to find an attorney who is trusted.

Should I Plead Guilty Just To Avoid The Time And Expense Of Going To Trial?

In some cases, it may be appropriate for someone to plead guilty in order to avoid the time and expense of going to trial. For example, someone might decide to plead guilty to a crime of which they are innocent in order to avoid receiving a much more serious charge. This is referred to as an Alford plea, which was based on the case People vs. Alford wherein the defendant pled guilty to a crime without admitting that they committed the crime. In essence, they were admitting that the state had enough evidence to prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and they wanted to take the benefit of the bargain offered. For example, if someone is charged with the felony of aggravated battery to a police officer and the state offers court supervision on a misdemeanor battery, they might plead guilty to that despite swearing up and down that they did not commit any crime.

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