Once you have been charged with a crime, you may be faced with some difficult decisions. Your circumstances could dictate the manner in which you choose to defend yourself. As we have written on this blog, sometimes accepting a plea agreement could prove a beneficial criminal defense strategy.
In a Morristown superior court, a 20-year-old man entered a guilty plea to a variety of charges. The charges included aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal restraint. The charges are related to an incident which is said to have taken place in December 2013 in which the man allegedly threatened his girlfriend and another woman with knives.
Prosecutors agreed to amend some of the original charges and dismiss still others in exchange for a guilty plea. According to the man's attorney, the prosecutors re-evaluated the case. Due to some possibly inconsistent statements on behalf of the girlfriend about the incident in question, the prosecutors opted to offer the man the chance to plea to the lesser charges.
According to the plea agreement, the man will be sentenced to time served in the Morris County jail. The man will receive probation and have to spend a minimum of six months in a rehab facility. The man's attorney stated that the man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the incident.
This case demonstrates how effective a plea agreement can be in having charges reduced or even dismissed. According to the report, without the plea agreement, the man could have been sentenced to do time in a state prison.
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to weigh your defense options. It may be in your best interest to strike a plea bargain with the prosecutor. A criminal defense attorney may be able to advise you on your legal alternatives as well as act as representation in your defense.
Source: The Daily Record, "Netcong man admits to threatening ex, cutting off her hair," Peggy Wright, May 5, 2015