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Charge: Assault - State claimed client hit victim with a telephone and broke victim’s nose. However, the client was acting in self-defense.

Verdict: NOT GUILTY

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Alford Plea

In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit that he or she is guilty, but does admit that the jury could potentially prove the case true during judicial proceedings. Conversely, the defendant might choose to plead guilty in an Alford plea, yet not confess to all the constituents of the case. The results of an Alford plea are typically lessened penalties in the form of fines and jail time, although the acceptance and terms of a defendant’s Alford plea are up to the court.

If you have been accused of a crime, you will need the guidance of a strong, qualified defense attorney. Call the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-222-0400 today. Our attorneys will discuss your case and options with you, and help you choose the best course of action for your unique situation.

When is an Alford Plea Used?

The penalties of an accepted Alford plea are usually less severe than had a plea of “not guilty” been entered and overturned. Some examples of situations in which an Alford plea might be invoked include:

  • When the defendant does not remember committing the alleged crime due to intoxication or amnesia
  • To avoid more serious penalties associated with a more serious charge
  • To lessen consequences in the case of an inevitable conviction

Although relatively rare, an Alford plea is allowed in most states, including Texas. If you have been accused of a crime, it is incredibly important that you find an experienced lawyer who can help you understand all of the legal options that are available to you.

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A qualified, Houston criminal defense attorney may be able to increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome in your case. Contact Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-222-0400 today and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.