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Not Built For Speed

Clients often ask me to get into court right away, or if they can get a court date next week. Unfortunately, with very few exceptions, the legal system is not built for speed. Cases take months to resolve. One can get into court for temporary decisions while a case is pending, but it still takes at least a couple weeks if one is lucky enough to get an opening in the court schedule.

To Plea Or Not To Plea

The term 'plea bargain' has a bad name, making people think of guilty people getting by on lesser charges or innocent people pleading guilty because their lawyer is too lazy or incompetent to take a case to trial. Those assumptions are certainly true in some cases, but plea bargaining, negotiating a settlement is no different than settling any other type of cases, both sides compromise to get a deal done. If you are charged with a crime, taking a plea bargain that keeps the consequences manageable as opposed to going to trial, where you face far worse consequences if you lose, may be a good idea. Take a good look at any plea bargain offered, taking into a account how strong your case is, and what the consequences of losing at trial would be. Remember, trials are unpredictable, there is no such thing as a 'slam dunk' for either side. 

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