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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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Plea Bargains

If you are facing charges for a crime, it is possible that you may be approached by the prosecuting attorney and offered a plea bargain. These bargains are deals offered to the defendant in exchange for a guilty plea. Their purpose is to allow the case to be completed without going to trial.

While plea bargains can be appealing to defendants who do not believe they have a chance of being found “not guilty,” they may not always be the best option. The experienced Houston criminal defense lawyers Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. can help you determine if you accept the prosecution’s bargain or allow the case to go to trial.

The Two Kinds of Plea Bargains

Prosecuting attorneys may offer one of two common types of plea bargains:

  • Sentence Bargains – This type of plea bargain gives the defendant a set and guaranteed sentence if he or she agrees to plead guilty to the charges he or she is facing. Generally speaking, this sentence will be shorter or less severe than the sentence that would likely result from a guilty verdict in trial.
  • Charge Bargains – Charge bargains offer the defendant a chance to plead guilty to a different charge than that which he or she would likely face in their trial. For example, a person initially accused of first degree murder may be offered a charge bargain allowing him or her to plead guilty to second degree murder or manslaughter.

Before you make an important decision like accepting or rejecting a plea bargain, you have the right to discuss your options with a knowledgeable Houston defense attorney.

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If you have been charged with a crime and are being offered a plea bargain, you should consult the counsel of an experienced legal professional before accepting or rejecting the offer. Contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. to make sure your rights are protected. Call our offices at 713-523-0404.