I am to appear in front of a Judge in Seminole County Florida for arraignment and bond hearing, I am hoping that the Prosecutor (state of Florida) offers me a "diversion" program BUT, I won't know until that very moment while standing in front of the Judge. If I don't want to take this to trial (I'll most likely lose), but I don't like the plea deal, do I have the option of bonding out and later change my plea after consulting family and friends? Or, do I have to make that choice then and there?
Arraignment serves three main purposes: you are formally informed of the charges against you, the Judge will inquire what you intend to do about an attorney (assuming that you were not appointed an attorney at your initial appearance or already retained an attorney), and whether you wish to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
If you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the option to change your plea at a later date to one if guilty or no contest. Note that there is not a guarantee that the State has to make the same offer as the case progresses.
Often times, clients represented by an attorney will enter a plea of not guilty at arraignment in order to have the chance to have their attorney review the discovery in the case to determine the best course of action, negotiate a plea agreement with the State Attorney, gather evidence and witnesses favorable to the defense, and allow the client time to mitigate the circumstances.
You can take a plea at any time, although the plea offer will not necessarily be the same later... or it might... anything is possible.
What is probable is that your odds at a favorable outcome will exponentially increase with the assistance of a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer efforting on your behalf.
Perhaps you should consult with a lawyer before court? Just a suggestion...
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I wouldn't recommend taking any kind of plea without the advice of an attorney. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the State to a unanimous jury and has a right to take a plea or go to trial. The State has the ability to make any offer or revoke any offer made at any time. There is no requirement that the prosecutor has to make any offer at all. Whether they keep an offer open or revoke it is really up to the specific prosecutor assigned to the case. Again, a skilled criminal defense attorney will be able to talk to the prosecutor and give you their best, informed, professional advice. Additionally, you can also make a plea to the bench (also called a blind plea) even if the State revokes their offer. That's basically where you admit guilt and then the defense presents mitigation and the State presents aggravation and the Judge sentences you based on what they believe is appropriate.
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