i was offered a plea from the D.A.that I do not want to accept because I am not guilty of the charges against me, but I cannot afford to hire an expierenced lawyer to represent me, whom without I will surely lose. If I decide to reject plea and continue on with court appointed attorney, will it change my sentence to a harsher sentence if i lose?
There is no way to predict what the outcome will be if you reject the plea offer. It is best, however, to NOT make any decisions until you are given a court appointed attorney. Court appointed attorneys are very experienced with the workings of plea offers and will be able to give you advice as to whether the plea is reasonable.
It's always your choice to decide whether you want to accept or reject a plea. If you reject the plea, another offer may be made, the case may go to trial, or the case may even be dropped; it's impossible to know what the outcome will be. Just make sure that you ask for a court appointed attorney and consult with the attorney before making any critical decisions about the plea.
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The actual sentence is always left up to the judge. However, typically you will get a harsher sentence after trial than the plea deal you were offered.
Some judges will give you a harsher sentence if you go to trial and lose, and some judges will. More information would have to be known like which court you're in, who is the judge, and who is the prosecutor you are dealing with..
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