I would never advise anybody to just throw him or herself at the mercy of the court without consulting with and hiring an attorney like the attorneys at The Nieves Law Firm. The purpose of hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney is to have someone who will advocate on your behalf, empower you with information so you can make educated decisions, and mitigate the negative outcomes. Even if you think that you’re guilty and you are willing to take whatever you can get, there is probably something your defense attorney can do to make your disposition (outcome) better. There are ways that we can try to negotiate for lower custody time, potentially negotiate for a lower DUI school, less anger management classes, or to have you charged with an infraction rather than a misdemeanor or to get a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Even if you don’t want to go to trial and fight it, you still want to have an attorney on your side, who can get you the best resolution possible. Your attorney is going to be more familiar with the inner workings of the courthouse, the courtroom, the DA, and the judge than you are. Another thing to consider with throwing yourself at the mercy of the court is, the judge is very limited on what he or she can do on a criminal complaint. If you are charged with 3 or 4 counts in a complaint, the judge isn’t able to dismiss the remaining counts and allow you to just plead to one. You have to plead to how it’s charged on the complaint, every single one, so you could turn around and end up with multiple convictions that could seriously hurt your future if you don’t know what you are doing.
When we negotiate with the District Attorney, we are sometimes able to get multiple charges dismissed or reduced. It’s highly recommended to hire an attorney who knows what he or she is doing, before taking a deal. The attorneys at The Nieves Law Firm are skilled in negotiating and fighting cases. We have over 30 years of combined experience and are focused on goal setting with our clients, educating our clients, and fighting for the best outcome we can achieve.