If you think that the possibility of a jury trial is going to force the state to drop the case against you, you are seriously mistaken. If they do not believe they have a strong case, they would not be prosecuting you. You may disagree and demand a trial. That is the whole purpose of the trial system. If you have a strong defense and a good lawyer, be prepared to go to trial. Since you declined the state's offer, you may not get another chance at a reducer or light sentence.
The state will not drop the charges against you because you asked for a jury trial. If they already offered you a plea and you turned it down i would be prepared to go to trial and be sure you have a good lawyer on your defense team. This is not a game. The state does not file charges against people if there is not case. Good luck to you.
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I agree with Mrs. Raddatz. The state will not necessarily drop the charges. Where you are at this point, you should have an attorney represent your interests in this matter. This will allow that attorney to discuss the charges with the States Attorney to see if dropping the charges is a possibility, prior to the expense of a jury trial. Although I would not rule the States Attorney dropping the charges out completely, its a delicate situation, and being represented would give you a better chance of getting ahead of it. Feel free to contact my firm if we can be of assistance. Gregory & Lai, 847-756-4900, Ahmed Motiwala, Esq.