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Do Most Criminal Cases Settle or Go to Trial?

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Nov 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon for people to only be exposed to legal action and proceedings from the newspaper and the television of highly controversial criminal cases. Some crime tv shows make it appear as though most criminal cases end dramatically when a final verdict is read by the jurors overseeing the case, but this is not as common as people are led to believe. As witnessed by most criminal defense attorneys, Balm residents who are involved in a criminal case are more likely to settle their case outside of court well before the case would be brought to trial.

Why Would Someone Not Go to Trial for Their Alleged Crime?

There are many reasons why someone would not want to go to trial for their alleged crime, as well as why prosecutors are reluctant to accept a plea bargain. One issue is the shear time of taking criminal cases to trial, even with the help of a criminal defense attorney. Balm residents might not realize how much paperwork and actions must be taken to have a trial with a jury of the defendant's peers. Another reason why a plaintiff might want to avoid going to trail is because there is no guarantee that an alleged criminal would be reprimanded for the crimes that were committed.

How Often do Criminal Cases go to Trial?

Every area or city is going to have different legal statistics, but on average, more than eighty percent of all criminal charges end up getting thrown out or settled outside of court. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, Balm residents might be advised to take a plea deal or to plead guilty to the alleged crime that they are being charged for because it would be better than even some better outcomes from being found guilty by a jury. Keep in mind that plea offers are something that are not set in stone, and they can be negotiated with the help of a legal professional.  

*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Butash Law Group*

About the Author

Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...


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