What happens if I don’t take a plea bargain?

Memphis Sex Crime Attorney J. Jeffrey Lee explains how the negotiation process works between the defense and the prosecution, and how that process differs from sentencing by a judge if a defendant loses at trial. The decision to take (or not take) a plea bargain must be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on multiple factors: the defendant’s comfort level with uncertainty, the defendant’s likelihood of success at trial, the consequences if losing at trial, the State’s case (including likely testimony, exhibits, confessions or admissions, etc.)

While an attorney can advise his or her defendant whether a plea is a good option, it is always the defendant’s choice regarding whether to go to trial or take a plea. Clieck on the video to learn more!