A criminal case can be resolved by plea, trial or dismissal. Statistically, most cases are resolved with a negotiated plea agreement. This plea agreement is finalized in front of a judge at a plea hearing.
Be On Time: Make sure you show up early to the courthouse. When the attorney arrives at the courthouse they will begin negotiations with the prosecutor or solicitor to hopefully receive a favorable outcome for your case.
Pleading Guilty or Not Guilty: At the plea hearing, you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you enter a plea of not guilty your attorney will then begin preparing your case for trial. This may include investigation, research, further negotiations, continuing your case until a later date, and/or a motion to suppress.
Pleading Guilty: If you enter a guilty plea, it will be entered in front of a judge. He or she will go over the rights you give up by entering a guilty plea. Some of the rights you give up include the right to a jury trial, the right to cross-examine witnesses, subpoena witnesses, and the right to have the State prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. After you plead guilty, the judge will impose a sentence which may include a fine, probation, community service, and/or jail time.
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