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Old 02-09-2018, 06:56 PM
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Pleading guilty in open court without a plea agreement is a blind plea. You are then at the mercy of the judge who can sentence how he feels. Is that worth the risk? It's up to you. Consult your attorney who hopefully knows how that judge operates.

I don't know what you mean by that last line. For crimes with victims or multiple victims, those crimes are sentenced harshly. Yes. IANAL but a bench trial only seems like a good idea if the law is truly on your side and you're not planning to exploit emotion as part of the defense. I would think that with the vast majority of cases, a bench trial would be a terrible idea.

A fifteen year deal seems like he's really facing 25 years. Is it a good deal? Who knows. Only you have the facts of the case at your disposal. No two cases are the same.
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