It sounds as if this is a SMART Room offer. In Philadelphia, the DA's office has been giving early offers that they hold out as the best offer that they will provide. It often depends upon the case whether the offers will get better or worse. If they feel that they have a strong case and start preparing for trial, they may no longer wish to provide that same offer as they have put more work into it. If there are large holes in the case, the offer may get better.
Michael L. Doyle
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Absolutely, as my colleagues have said, your lawyer can negotiate a deal throughout the process. However, keep in mind depending on the county there are certain stages of the process were you will get your best deal. For example, at the formal arraignment.