Are you more likely to get a better plea deal if the D.A. prosecutor may not have the best shot of winning the case?

Asked over 1 year ago - Spring, TX

Does the assistant DA even care if they win/lose a case?

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  1. Cynthia Russell Henley

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    Answered . Depends on the charge and the evidence. Many times when the case is not strong, the State will make a sweetheart offer to get a conviction (or deferred) rather than risk a loss. Same applies if there is a less than cooperative complainant. It also matters who the lawyer is - lawyers who try cases and get good results, also get great offers even on strong evidence cases.

    Some DAs care about their records; some DAs just want some kind of punishment / conviction; some DAs don't care at all.

    Cynthia Henley
    713-222-1220

  2. Macy Michelle Jaggers

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    Answered . When a defense attorney is able to convince a DA that his case is weak, the DA is definitely more likely to make a better offer or even reduce or dismiss the case. They do care if they win or lose--but only on cases they feel like they should win.

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  3. Douglas Holbrook

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    Answered . Yes on both accounts. Yes the DA most certainly cares if they win or loose cases and the fact that there may be impediments to the DA winning the case would be the primary factor in a favorable plea agreement!

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