Conviction, and the possibility of such, presents the defendant with many questions concerning outcome and consequences.
Do you think that I should just plead guilty so I can get this over with and reunite with my son? Why or why not?
When faced with the possibility of serving a lengthy prison sentence and expensive fines the option of pleading guilty becomes favorable. The occurrence of plea bargaining and pleading guilty even though the defendant professes his or her innocence is a rising and questionable phenomenon in the US court system. Pleas are sought to minimize sentence and the number of trials. (Mousseau, 2008)
Pleading guilty typically comes with a “built-in incentive,” lessened sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. The defendant must consider the advantages and disadvantages of pleading guilty. Plea negotiations benefit individual court participants and provide quick resolutions without jury trials. What influences guilty pleas? Fear of conviction and pressure influence pleading guilty; leniency is the most common motivation. Your desire to be with your son and resolve the situation quickly is possible through a guilty plea. However, the chances of later changing the conviction are nearly impossible. The outcome and future repercussions must be considered in the decision-making process. An example of pleading guilty is evident in the case of Dinesh Kumar. He was charged with second-degree murder in 1992 and his son was placed in protective custody. Kumar was presented with a plea deal; because the evidence against him was strong he was advised that a trial would lead to a guilty conviction and lengthy imprisonment. To have the matter quickly resolved and be reunited with his son, Kumar accepted a deal to plead guilty to negligence instead of murder and received a 90- day jail sentence. (Morton, 2011).
What happens if I am found guilty? What type of sentence do you think I’ll receive? Why do you think I’ll receive that sentence?