Pros and Cons of Taking a Plea Deal in Pennsylvania

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
January 30, 2024
Plea agreement

The decision to accept a plea deal is one laden with complexity and personal implications, particularly in Pennsylvania. When faced with criminal charges, understanding the pros and cons of plea bargaining is crucial as it could significantly impact your life. A plea deal, also known as a plea agreement or plea bargain, involves the defendant agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence. This route may seem appealing for its promise of reduced penalties, but it has its downsides.

Here at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we are dedicated to navigating these legal waters with you. Our seasoned attorneys are well-versed in the dynamics of Pennsylvania’s legal landscape, offering tailored strategies to meet your unique circumstances. With over 65 years of experience, RGSG is equipped to provide insightful counsel on whether a plea deal is the right course of action for your situation. 

Analyzing the Benefits of Plea Agreements

Taking a plea deal can often seem like a more palatable alternative compared to facing a trial, especially in Pennsylvania where people who go to trial and lose face far greater punishments than those who enter into a plea deal. Here are some of the benefits associated with plea deals: 

  • Certainty: Plea deals offer a degree of certainty in an otherwise unpredictable legal process. By accepting a plea deal, you can avoid the uncertainty of a jury verdict.
  • Reduced charges: Often, plea deals come with the offer of reduced charges and lighter sentences.
  • Expediency: Plea deals can expedite the legal process, saving you time and potentially reducing legal costs.

Moreover, a plea deal might also serve to reduce the load on an overwhelmed court system. Your attorney from RGSG will meticulously evaluate the plea offer to ensure it aligns with your best interests and advise you accordingly.

The Drawbacks of Plea Agreements

While the benefits are enticing, it is imperative to also consider the drawbacks of accepting a plea deal:

  • Waiver of rights: By accepting a plea deal, you waive your right to a trial, and thereby the opportunity to fully present your case or to be found not guilty.
  • Record of conviction: A plea deal results in a criminal conviction record, which may affect your employment prospects, housing applications, and other areas of your life.
  • Possible coercion: There is the potential for individuals to feel coerced into accepting a plea deal out of fear or lack of understanding of the legal process.

RGSG attorneys are committed to providing a clear understanding of these implications, ensuring you are well-informed before making such a pivotal decision. Having proficient legal representation can significantly impact the outcome of your plea bargaining process. At RGSG, we are driven by a passion to protect and preserve our clients’ constitutional and civil rights. Our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that the plea agreement is fair and in your best interest. We provide a unique team approach to your legal problems, with the time and resources to give your case the focused attention you deserve.

Why Choose Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. for Your Plea Bargain Concerns?

At RGSG, our nationally and locally recognized full-service law firm is prepared to defend your rights in Pennsylvania criminal matters. Our adept legal team is not only well-equipped to guide you through the plea bargaining process but is also invested in ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way. With our extensive experience, we aim to provide empowering, positive, and reassuring legal counsel tailored to your unique situation.

When you reach out to us, we offer a free initial consultation to review the details of your case and advise you on the best course of action. Our dedication to client satisfaction is reflected in our prompt communication and personalized approach to every case. To discuss your case with one of our seasoned attorneys, contact us today at (215) 822-7575 or through our contact form.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
January 30, 2024
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