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Why some defendants plead guilty when they may not have to

Much is said about the problems with our criminal justice system, especially its effect upon people of color and the poor. Those who cannot afford to post bail and go free until their next hearing date (or trial) are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to defending the charges against them and preparing to resume life as they once knew it after being released (if they are released at all).

Because of this, some criminal defendants may make questionable decisions about pleas or give up certain rights in simply to get out of jail, even though they may be innocent of the crime charged. This post will explain some of the reasons behind this trend.

Maintaining home life – While most people retained in custody are not the only parental figure in a child’s life, they do have jobs and other responsibilities that are compromised while in jail. To prevent further deterioration of their financial condition, they may choose to plead guilty when they don’t necessarily have to.

Appealing to the judge – In light of their duty of impartiality, judges tend to root for people who take responsibility and show they are serious about maintaining a stable job, entering rehab or simply staying law abiding. Unfortunately, an imprisoned person cannot do the good things that judges recommend.

Collecting evidence – It might go without saying, but a strong case is made with reliable evidence. This means that interviewing people who or obtaining critical documents is essential. With a defendant behind bars, these tasks are that much more difficult.

Because of this, it is imperative to find ways to make bail and get out of jail. An experienced criminal defense attorney is essential when facing criminal charges.  

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