When Michigan residents are facing federal criminal charges, the potential consequences they face can be significant. You want to do whatever will help you achieve the best possible outcome. In the end, you really only have two choices. You can either enter a guilty or not guilty plea. Which is better?
If you plead guilty…
If you plead guilty, you are saying you are formally admitting to the charges. Your case will not go to trial. Instead, it will go straight to sentencing. Unless you have worked out a plea deal with prosecuting attorneys, the maximum penalty may be imposed.
If you plead not guilty…
If you plead not guilty, it means you want your case to go to trial. Prosecuting attorneys have the burden of proof. They have to prove every element in your case beyond a reasonable doubt. If they fail to do that, the charges may be dismissed entirely or, at least, reduced.
Which is better?
Every case is different. For some Michiganders, it makes sense to plead guilty, and for others, it makes more sense to force their case to go to trial. Truth be told many federal cases are ultimately resolved before they reach trial, but it is always in your best interest to prepare yourself for anything. If you aren’t sure what you should do, don’t worry, you do not have to figure that out on your own. An attorney with experience fighting federal criminal cases can help you decide the best course of action. To learn more, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.