If I can’t win my case, how do I do a plea bargain?

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If I can’t win my case, how do I do a plea bargain?

I was in an accident which I was put at fault for failure to yield while turning left. I am in the state of Georgia and I was going to say it happened because of lack of visibility due to bushes and trees in the median. If this doesn’t work how do I ask the judge to reduce the fine and drop points?

Asked on January 10, 2017 under General Practice, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can't plea bargain after trying the case and losing: after all, if the state has already won and proven you guilty, why would they plea bargain? What incentive do they have? The state (i.e. the prosecutor) plea bargains to make sure he or she wins something--since trials are never certain, it's always possible to lose; the proscutor often lets you plea to a lesser offense, accepting that you will have a lesser punishment in exchange for being guaranteed you will get some punishment. But once you've tried the case and lost, they don't need to offer you something lesser to get the win--the already have the win. If you want to plea bargain, you have to do so *before* trying the case.


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