Would it be better to do a guilty plea to the judge and let the judge make the sentencing decision. He has not been able to tell his side of the story. There is a 10 year age difference and a child has been born of this relationship. My son turned himself in and has been very cooperative. He has been in County jail for 7 months. We have a lawyer, however my son feels he is not doing enough to push for probation or a lesser sentence. My son knows he must pay but feels that other offenders who have done worse are getting less time. Can anyone tell me if (with his nonexsistent criminal history) it would be better to plead guity to a judge and would an investigation into his past and the history of what really happened be better than taking the 8 years. We are willing to hire another.