What is a Plea Bargain?

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What is a Plea Bargain?

Mark Palumbo explains that criminal cases often end with a plea bargain. A plea bargain is a negotiation with your attorney and the State’s Attorneys Office to determine what is an appropriate charge that the defendant will plead guilty to.


Often times there will be multiple charges in a case. A common example of a situation with more than one charge is in a DWI or driving while intoxicated case. If you are charged with a DWI you will most likely be charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired and a series of non-jailable charges.

Mark Palumbo recommends to his clients that if you are going to plead guilty to the worst charge then you might as well go to trial. In most cases, the state will negotiate with you to plead to a lesser offense which leads to a lesser penalty and perhaps even a smaller fine. In the end, the plea bargain will be a negotiation where the defense attorney and the State’s Attorney can both agree upon the final charges.

At Davis, Upton & Palumbo LLC, you can depend on us to get the best outcome possible in your case. If we proceed to trial, you can be certain that we will use our experience and skill to defend you vigorously. If you’d like to learn more about our Criminal Defense practice area click here or contact us today!

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