Georgia DUI Cases: Plea Bargain vs. Trial

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Some individuals have to decide whether to accept a plea bargain or go to trial. It could be that the attorney has presented evidence at a preliminary hearing that puts the prosecutor's case in doubt. In such cases, the prosecutor may decide to make an offer for the defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge such as reckless driving instead of the DUI. This question must be discussed with your attorney before any decision is made. Sometimes it's better to accept a plea bargain. Other times, such as if your attorney has gathered compelling evidence and there is a good chance you'll be found “not guilty,” it makes more sense to go to trial get the “not guilty” verdict. You can trust an attorney at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson to thoroughly assess your situation and competently advise you as to whether you should accept the plea bargain or go to trial.

Having practiced DUI defense exclusively for more than 20 years, the legal team at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson has a great deal of experience and legal knowledge when it comes to defending those accused of drunk driving. Should you choose to hire an attorney at the firm, you can rest assured your case will be addressed by an attorney who can competently determine if standard police procedures were violated, if your constitutional and legal rights were violated, and if there were any other errors, mistakes, or unlawful acts committed during your arrest. If so, you can trust the firm to make this known to the judge, file a motion to suppress unlawfully obtained evidence, and negotiate aggressively for a reduction or dismissal of charges.

When the evidence against the client is based upon faulty evidence, it may be in your best interest to proceed to trial and get the “not guilty” verdict. Your record remains clean, and you do not have to pay the fines and other penalties associated with the reduced charge. If it is determined that your interests would be better served accepting a plea bargain, you can trust the firm to advise you to accept the plea bargain versus risking your chance of a conviction at trial.

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