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Yes. Accepting a plea deal is a big decision- you are agreeing to be labeled as a convict. This saves the prosecutor a lot of work, which is why they are often eager to make these deals. There are some cases where accepting a plea deal is the best option, but you should still have your own attorney representing you so they can negotiate better terms.
If you are being investigated for a crime, an arrest may be imminent, even if the police did not indicate that you are a suspect. You should start researching attorneys now so that you have someone to call if you are ever arrested.
When you are arrested, the police are required to tell you your rights, one of which is the right to remain silent. Anything you say after you are arrested can be used against you in court.Do not try to explain your situation to law enforcement or a judge after an arrest. They are not interested in helping you—they are listening for anything that will incriminate you. Even innocent people can inadvertently make comments that make them sound guilty.
There is always more to the story than what appears on the surface. Even if the police caught you committing a criminal act, that does not mean they understand the full situation. Prosecutors create narratives that paint defendants as criminal masterminds. You need to make sure someone can explain your side of the story in a legal context. Even if you believe you will be found guilty, there are usually opportunities to have charges dismissed and reduce possible penalties
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