My bf is charged with attempted 2nd degree robbery and 2nd degree commercial burglary. Initial charges were 1st degree robbery 1st degree comm. Burg. He thinks the state case is weak wants trial he has pub. Defender. Has related arrests but no convictions. No prison yet. On felony probation for false imprisonment less than 6 months ago from another county. With violation pending. I think his goal should be a lesser charge with npt. The risks of going to trial are? Harsher sentencing?
I agree with my colleagues. I just wish to add that your boyfriend should be asking his attorney if he thinks it is a weak case. His attorney has probably handled many, many cases that are similar to his. If your boyfriend is saying it is a weak case, but his attorney is saying that he is likely to get convicted-he should consider those warnings seriously. That should be a major factor in his decision.
Michael L. Doyle
If you plead guilty, you are usually offered the dismissal or reduction of charges and/or a sentencing guarantee. If you lose a trial, you are sentenced on whatever charges the jury finds you guilty of. Usually, this result will be worse for you then if you had accepted the plea bargain. However, if the state's case is weak, then he may be found not guilty, in which case he will have no conviction and no sentencing.
Mr. Pullman is correct . Your sentence is usually much lesser if you plea before going to trial - and losing.
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