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Pleading ‘No Contest’

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’re facing criminal charges, you may have the option to enter a no contest or nolo contendere (“I do not wish to contend”) plea. Your criminal defense lawyer will explain the possible benefits of entering a no contest plea if it is available in the jurisdiction in which you were charged with a crime. A no contest plea may be used in a criminal proceeding as...

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Should I Take a Plea Bargain for a Sex Crime?

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

  A defendant who is charged with a sex crime in Texas may be facing some serious legal penalties. These penalties can include jail time, fines and sex offender registration. One way to avoid the full extent of these possible penalties is to accept a plea bargain from the prosecution. A plea bargain is an agreement between the defense and the prosecution. In many cases, the prosecution will...

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Should I Plead Guilty? Reasons for Taking a Plea Bargain

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In some criminal cases, the defendant may be offered a plea deal at some point in the proceedings. Also known as a plea bargain, this offer is essentially an agreement between the judge or prosecution and the defendant to reach an amicable arrangement. Usually, the arrangement involves the defendant entering a guilty plea concerning a certain charge in exchange for favorable treatment during the sentencing phase. Plea...

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What is a Plea Bargain?

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Contrary to the dramatic scenarios that are portrayed on television, few criminal cases are decided by a sensational trial in which a defendant must fight for his life. The majority of cases in the real world do not make it to a court room to be heard by a jury. Instead, most criminal cases are settled prior to a trial with a plea bargain (also known...

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How the Criminal Process Works

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The American justice system is based on the criminal process. “Criminal process” is a term that means “how criminals are caught and punished.” There are certain steps taken by law enforcement in order to catch and punish criminals. They take a long time and involve numerous steps in order to prevent one person in law enforcement or the judicial system from having too much power. With...

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