HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE YOUR DUI OR CRIMINAL CASE TO TRIAL?
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DO I ENTER A PLEA OR TAKE MY GEORGIA DUI OR CRIMINAL CASE TO TRIAL?
Many of our criminal defense and DUI clients have very winnable cases. They are cases in which reasonable doubt is very evident. Because our practice is focused upon challenging criminal charges, including DUIs, most people that seek representation by us have decided that they want to fight their case, and they have, generally speaking, already recognized some weakness in the State’s case against them. Unfortunately, however, the decision as to whether a Georgia DUI or criminal case should be taken to trial is not as simple as “yes, your case can be won”. It should be that way, but that is not the realities of the criminal justice system in Georgia.
What we see is that judges punish criminal defendants for taking cases to trial. If you take your criminal or DUI case to trial in Georgia, you have to expect that the judge will impose a sentence that is greater than a plea offer if you lose your trial. Every client needs to understand this. Not because it should change their ultimate decision (for some it obviously would), but because the client needs to have the ability to plan their life for the possible negative consequences.
SO, HOW DO WE PREPARE CLIENTS TO MAKE THE DECISION OF WHETHER TO TAKE A CRIMINAL OR DUI CASE TO TRIAL OR ENTER A PLEA?
Quite simply, we sit down and have a real conversation with the client about the various aspects of the sentence that will likely change if the jury returns a guilty verdict. Below is a picture of some of what that conversation usually includes:
If you would like to discuss your case and whether you should consider a trial, contact The Sessions Law Firm.