Many people involved in the criminal court system understand that the majority of cases will never reach trial. In many cases, before a verdict can be reached, a case will be dropped due to lack of evidence. Sometimes conviction can be avoided because of a motion to suppress evidence, and in many of the cases, a plea bargain helps avoid harsher penalties. Plea deals are so loved in our modern times because the government does not always have proper resources to handle the case and defendants are always looking for lighter sentences. This is why over 97% of cases end in plea bargains, completely changing the outcome for many criminal cases in the United States today.
Making Jury Trials Obsolete
Many believe that plea bargains have made the jury trial system completely obsolete. However, though it is believed that plea bargains help everyone involved, others have varying opinions. For instance, Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court, has stated, “An excessively high rate of guilty pleas is unhealthy for our justice system.” Many more elements are taken into account in front of the grand jury, as they must consider proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This puts the system at risk, because for the 3% that actually make it through trial, “beyond a reasonable doubt” rarely plays a role anymore. For those who head off to jail on a plea bargain, you can only say that they “probably” committed a crime when they agreed to take the bargain.
Regardless of innocence, statistics have shown that a defendant on the stand is more likely to enter a guilty plea just because of evidence stacked up against them. This calls the entire system into question. Because we want you to make the most out of your case and receive what is fair, call us today to find out how we can help you if you have been charged with a crime. You should always have an experienced attorney on your side to help you through the process. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we are here for you.