Every case is unique. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Bill Nettles fully understands this. He also understands that each case requires individualized strategic planning. In instances where there are severe consequences and penalties associated with the crime committed, Mr. Nettles may advise you to take a plea bargain as part of your legal strategy. But what, exactly, is a plea bargain?
A plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor. The agreement usually involves the defendant pleading “guilty” or “no contest” in exchange for less severe consequences. Some of the benefits of a plea bargain may include:
- A drop in one or more of the charges
- Reduce a charge to a less serious offense
- Reduced jail time associated with your sentence
- Reduction in fines and other penalties
- Reduced legal fees compared to the costs associated with being represented during a lengthy trial
Plea-bargaining in criminal cases is quite common. More than 90 percent of convictions come from negotiated pleas, which means less than 10 percent of criminal cases actually end up going to trial.
Plea bargains can be made at essentially any stage of the criminal justice process. In some cases, when jurors are split and can’t make a unanimous decision, the prosecution and defense can negotiate a plea rather than go through another trial.
Having the right lawyer on your side can help you achieve an optimal plea bargain. Bill Nettles has the experience and knowledge you need in order to negotiate with the prosecutors. As the former US Attorney for the District of South Carolina, he has strong relationships with many of the prosecutors handling criminal cases. These relationships are invaluable in helping to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
As your criminal defense attorney, he will guide you through the legal process and make sure you know the important aspects of your case. Mr. Nettles will fight tirelessly for your rights, and will help you make the best decision for you and your family.
If you are in the Charleston area and would like to discuss your case with Mr. Nettles, give our office a call at 803-814-2826 to schedule your initial consultation.