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Rolling Meadows, IL criminal defense attorney plea bargain

If you have ever seen any kind of crime drama movie or TV show, you have probably seen some sort of heated scene take place in a courtroom where the main character’s attorney fights for his or her client’s freedom by attempting to prove his or her innocence. In reality, more than 97 percent of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Plea bargains were created in response to a number of issues faced during criminal trials, such as the length of time it takes to go through a trial and the expenses associated with that legal process. However, some argue that plea bargains take away the right to a fair trial.

Understanding Plea Bargains

A plea bargain is an agreement made between the defendant (the person who is accused of the crime) and the prosecutor (the attorney representing the local, state, or federal government entity) as a replacement to a jury trial in a criminal case. The agreement usually involves the defendant pleading guilty or nolo contendere, “no contest” to some or all of the charges that were brought against him or her. Typically, plea bargains involve a reduction in the number of charges brought against the defendant, the severity of the charges, a reduction of the severity of the sentence, or a combination of any of the three.

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Rolling Meadows, IL defense lawyer

Appearing in court can feel like you are back in high school, everyone looking at you, scrutinizing your every move and word, and judging your appearance and behavior. Unlike in high school, where a misstep might make you a temporary laughingstock, one wrong move in the courtroom can leave you with a potentially devastating outcome. 

When you are in court, the judge, the opposing attorney or prosecutor, and the jury are all judging your appearance and examining your behavior to determine your credibility. Here are a few tips to help you be at your best when you have a criminal court hearing:

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attacking the evidence, criminal case, DUI arrest, DUI patrol, Illinois DUI defense attorney, your legal rightsPolice officers are trained to look for several "signs" of intoxication when they first come into personal contact with a DUI suspect. Often, and especially if a defendant refused to submit to a chemical test, a prosecutor may rely on these "signs" to help prove that a driver was intoxicated. However, an experienced DUI defense attorney can refute some or all of these signs, giving a DUI suspect a much better chance to either beat a case or negotiate a more favorable plea agreement.

Traffic Violation

Speeding, running a stop sign or stop light, and making an unsafe lane change are some of the more common traffic violations that may lead to a stop. But there are plenty of factors, other than alcohol, that cause people to speed and run stop signs. Many times, an officer has actually profiled a defendant based on time of day and location. In other situations, the officers may have been working a special DUI patrol, so they had a direct incentive to locate DUI suspects.

Bloodshot Eyes

Officers may testify that a defendant had bloodshot eyes, as alcohol does cause this problem. But, so do several other common issues, including:

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