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Being accused of a crime is not the end of a criminal case. While you may feel afraid of what might happen, know that there is due process for criminal cases that includes the right to a fair trial and an appeal. The criminal process is complicated, but the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has the experience you need to navigate arrest, trial, and appeal.

Call the Lampasas County criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard at (254) 220-4225.

What Is a Plea Bargain?

Many cases go to trial, but most prosecutors and defenders settle them through plea deals. Plea bargains, or “deals,” are an agreement between a defendant, the person accused of a crime, and the prosecutor who is a representative of the state. These bargains may include dropping a charge in exchange for a guilty plea, among other options depending on the case.

Criminal courts are busy, and many prosecutors feel pressure to move cases through the court quickly. While you have the right to a fair and speedy trial according to the Constitution, it is crucial to investigate criminal cases thoroughly to ensure that a case is judged fairly.

Plea bargains are a common method for resolving a case without going to trial. Cases that go before the court can take weeks or months depending on the circumstances, but a plea bargain takes very little time. In fact, many plea deals are arranged within minutes and presented to the defendant and their attorney.

The outcome of a criminal trial is never guaranteed, but plea deals help the prosecution and the defense maintain some control over the final result. The prosecution can get a guilty plea, and the defense can reduce the punishment or the charges.

When Do Plea Deals Happen in a Texas Trial?

Plea deals can happen at virtually any time during the criminal process. The arraignment occurs after the prosecutor files the charges. At this point, the defendant can plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Always consult an attorney before you make a plea in court.

Plea bargains often occur during the arraignment because the prosecution presents some evidence to the court and the defense has a better picture of what may happen if the case goes to trial. They can discuss the options with their client and work with the prosecutor to strike a fair plea bargain in an effort to satisfy both parties.

Your Rights During the Criminal Process

Regardless of the charges, you have rights during arrest, arraignment, and trial. These rights are a part of the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.

You have the right to:

  • Remain silent
  • An attorney of your choosing or one appointed by the court
  • Terminate the interview with police at any time
  • Fair trial
  • Being viewed as innocent unless proven guilty
  • Trial by an impartial jury
  • An appeal

These are just a few of the rights given to you by the Constitution of the United States. Consult with an attorney before waiving any of these rights or speaking before the court. A qualified legal professional can provide counsel backed by practical experience and guide you through the criminal process.

Building a Strong Defense

The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has over two decades of experience in and out of court. We have helped thousands of clients regain peace of mind after being accused of a crime. Our team can also offer a unique perspective on the criminal process because we have prosecution and defense experience. We work with you to investigate the details of your case, build a personalized case strategy, and maintain a strong defense during every step of your criminal case.

Contact the Lampasas County criminal defense team at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard to learn how we can protect your rights during the criminal process.

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  • Track Record of Success

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  • Thousands of Clients Helped

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