If you find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself against a criminal accusation, you will probably be in a state of panic. No one wants to be convicted and have a criminal record or have to serve jail time. Even if you donâ€™t think you can defend yourself successfully against the allegations, you may still have other options.
Plea bargains are a very common way of resolving criminal cases. In fact, plea bargains are used to resolve around 90 percent of all criminal cases in the United States. They offer the potential to reach a compromise without a trial, but they are morally controversial.
Plea bargains essentiallyÂ incentivize defendants to plead guiltyÂ by offering them a reduced sentence for doing so. This means that a court case is avoided, saving time and money. However, it can mean that an innocent person is effectively forced to plead guilty because they see it as the best option for them.
Whether accepting a plea bargain is a good idea will depend on the specific circumstances of your criminal accusation. If there is a good likelihood of a successful defense, it is usually worth trying in court. The terms of the plea bargain are also crucial in deciding whether to accept it.
If you are facing aÂ criminal accusation in Michigan, it is important that you and your criminal defense attorney weigh the option of a plea bargain. Taking swift action to plot your defense, while still considering the pros and cons of the offer is essential to making the best decision based on your circumstances.
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Lâ€™Tonya Marie Payne, a 51-year-old black woman, is facing misdemeanor assault charges following an altercation. The complaining witness, who is white, stated the police would not believe Ms. Payne due to her skin color. Attorney Vince Manzella is working alongside Ms. Payne to fight these allegations, as she was arrested simply on the basis of the witnessâ€™s word.
Joseph Wolf, former director of the Detroit Stars, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Wolf pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the nonprofit youth baseball league. Typically, the felony count can result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $15,000, and other charges, but Lucido & Manzella, P.C. was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence.
Charles Frontera, a former Roseville city councilman, was sentenced to a year of probation after a misdemeanor charge was dismissed at sentencing. During a pretrial conference, Mr. Frontera pleaded guilty to substance possession, and in doing so, Attorney Manzella was able to protect the client from severe charges.
William Weber, owner of Weber Security Group Inc., was accused by former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith of falsifying an invoice that allegedly confirmed the installation of a security system at Smithâ€™s home. Despite the caseâ€™s complexity, Lucido & Manzella, P.C. successfully defended Mr. Weber against four felonies, which included larceny by conversion, forgery, aiding and abetting, and concealing stolen property.