If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential to know how strong the government’s case is against you. Indeed, you may think the state has a flimsy case and has a snowball’s chance to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but knowing what the state’s case looks like from a lawyer’s perspective can help you decide how to proceed.
It is also important to understand that your attorney is entitled to discovery which will say a lot about the prosecution’s case. But before discovery is obtained, it is helpful to consider a number of factors regarding the case that may not be obtained through evidentiary requests. This post will highlight a few of them.
How is the crime you are charged with usually prosecuted – Knowing how prosecutors usually handle the types of charges against you is important, because it will help you understand the lengths prosecutors will go to get a conviction.
How may sentencing be affected by other circumstances – There may be ranges of jail time available to a judge in issuing a sentence, but knowing how mitigating or aggravating and mitigating circumstances may affect a sentence is critical.
How does the prosecutor feel about the charges – Knowing if the prosecutor takes the particular crime very seriously (because he or she has been personally affected by the crime in the past) is critical in knowing how to proceed.
These and similar questions should be carefully considered with an experienced criminal defense attorney before entering a plea.
The preceding is not legal advice.