This is a major problem in misdemeanor cases where you’re not guaranteed a public defender. It is extremely troubling to sit in court on an almost daily basis and watch as defendant after defendant comes forth and accepts pleas to DUI, possession of marijuana, petit theft, disorderly conduct or driving while license suspended. All of these and many other misdemeanors carry serious and life-altering consequences that can affect parts of your life such as becoming a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, obtaining a professional license or getting a job, being expelled from school, even getting a loan or renting an apartment.
If you’re charged with a felony, you will get a public defender at arraignment and will probably have a plea offered. The consequences are also extremely severe. Have you had adequate time to think about the evidence? Have you been able to review the evidence and discuss it with your lawyer? Do you know how the plea will affect you going forward if you have a professional license or are not a citizen?
More often than not, it is best to listen to any pleas offered at arraignment and then take some time to think about it. It is not uncommon for the court to set a plea or status hearing shortly after your arraignment for this very reason. Not to mention, your lawyer will probably receive some, if not all, of the discovery (evidence) the State intends to use against you. This will give you some time to review the evidence and discuss any potential pleas with your lawyer.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to properly advise you as to whether the plea offered at arraignment is worth considering given the State's evidence and your ultimate goals when resolving the case.
A criminal charge can affect everything you try to do in life moving forward. It is extremely important to enlist the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney that knows the players, the process and focuses primarily on criminal defense in Miami.
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