A Complex Criminal System
Being arrested and/or charged with a crime is obviously a trying time for anyone. In many situations it is a persons first experience with the legal system and not only are they frightened about what could happen but usually very confused about how the courts work and what their options are. Unfortunately, because the courts are constantly striving to be efficient they overlook the importance of being approachable and understandable. In many scenarios the person charged with the crime simply wants to be done with the experience, move on with his or her life, and avoid incarceration at all costs. These incentives sometimes cause individuals to make rash decisions and accept plea agreements that will have harsh effects down the road.
While some plea agreements could have the effect of removing the possibility of incarceration they could still include repercussions such as forfeiture of gun rights, forfeiture of voting rights, or the requirement of listing with the sexual offender registry. While it may seem like a good deal at the time it is important to realize that the charges could effect you for years to come and you need to make sure you get the best deal available.
Guilty or Not
Another common scenario is that the person being charged will enter a guilty plea simply because they feel like they have done something wrong. Obviously, if a person has committed the crime that they are being charged with it is usually in the best interest of their conscience to come clean. However, the fact that you have been arrested or may have done something you feel is morally wrong does not necessarily mean you are guilty of the crime you have been charged with. In many cases the charges are much worse then what happened in reality and it is important to understand what exactly the State is claiming you have done before you admit guilt.
Criminal Charges? – Call Us
Because of the extreme complexity of the criminal system it is very beneficial to have the help of a lawyer in understanding your options. If you have been arrested and/or charged with a crime contact the Salcido Law Firm, to make sure you know exactly what you are being charged with and the possible outcomes. All of the attorneys at Salcido Law Firm are experienced criminal defenders that will make sure you get the best outcome available.
For a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Utah attorneys, call us at 801.413.1753.