Benefits of Accepting a Plea Bargain

If you are facing Tulsa sex crimes charges, plea bargains can be beneficial because they avoid the risks and uncertainties of a trial. They also bring about a quicker resolution to your cause, which can alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that accompanies facing such serious criminal charges.

Plea bargains often result in a more lenient sentence than what you might receive if convicted at trial. However, this depends on the specific charges you’re facing and the strength of the evidence against you.

Potential Drawbacks of a Plea Bargain

The most important thing to remember before accepting a plea bargain is that you are pleading guilty to a crime. If you maintain your innocence and subsequently accept a plea bargain, it can damage your credibility and public reputation. You may also have to face the stigma of being required to register as a sex offender.

A plea bargain can also present problems if you are later arrested for a different crime. A plea bargain conviction, even when it’s for a reduced charge, can still be used as a prior conviction if you face future criminal charges. Oklahoma’s Three Strikes Law, officially known as the “Oklahoma Habitual Offender Enhancement Act” (Okla. Stat. tit.21§51.1), comes into play for anyone facing a felony conviction in Oklahoma who has already had two prior felony convictions within 10 years. Under this law, anyone convicted of three violent felonies within a decade will be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

How Our Tulsa Criminal Defense Firm Can Help

At Berlin Defense, we defend our clients without judgment. We understand that good people can sometimes make serious mistakes and that the stakes of a sex crimes charge can put everything you’ve worked to achieve at risk. 

We will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the plea bargaining process and that any agreement offered is in your best interests. If you want to go to trial, we’ll evaluate the strength of the prosecution's case against you and advise you on the potential benefits or drawbacks of this decision. Check out our case results and client testimonials to learn more about how we’ve helped our clients find the right way to move forward. 

Lee Berlin
Dedicated to defending clients accused of domestic violence, sex & violent crimes throughout eastern Oklahoma.