There are many different crimes that you can be charged with in California, which means many different opportunities to attend trial. This also means that there are many different types of outcomes that you can expect. Now you can find out some of the outcomes you may experience for your charges, along with the penalties you can expect.
Outcomes in Criminal Cases
Dropped Charges: Just because you were charged with a crime, does not mean that your case will make it to trial. Charges may be dropped if the prosecuting attorney receives a request from the victim, if the victim refuses to participate in the case, or if there is weak or inadmissible evidence. However, even if your charges are dropped, this does not mean they will go away on their own – you must have them expunged.
Guilty Plea: If your lawyer advised you to plead guilty, you will probably work out a plea deal with the prosecution. This will go directly onto your record and you will be responsible for the sentence that you agreed to. This could range anywhere from jail time to probation.
Plea Bargain: Taking plea bargains are very similar to pleading guilty in the eyes of the court. By agreeing to a plea deal, it is made part of the record at a hearing. It usually requires a verbal agreement and you will be responsible for the sentence that the judge determines.
Found Guilty: The prosecutor will have an opportunity to prove your charge beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. If you receive a guilty verdict, you will be given a sentencing date based on the nature of your crime, your criminal record, and so much more.
Found Not Guilty: You will then be released from custody and no longer have to worry about being convicted for the same crime later. You could try to have the record expunged so it is no longer part of your permanent record.
Mistrial: If there is a mistrial due to juror misconduct or an inability to reach a verdict, a motion for mistrial may come into play. Either way, you will never be put into a situation where you would face double jeopardy.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have to speak to an experienced defense attorney about your options. This is where we come in, as we have experience in many of these delicate situations that can affect the outcome of your case and life. Call us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair for more information on how we can help you!