When should you consider taking your case to trial?

1. When you’re innocent;
2. When you are guilty, but they can’t prove it; or
3. When the state’s plea offer is unreasonable and you don’t have much to lose by rejecting it.

The big problem with going to trial is you could lose, even if you are innocent and even if you have a great case. Juries are unpredictable. And even the best witnesses fall apart sometimes. The fact is if you lose your trial, usually, you will be facing a harsher punishment than whatever offer the state made.

So even if you didn’t do it, you still have to do a cost/benefit analysis and decide if it is worth the risk.

That is often a very personal decision, but one you should consult a lawyer about.

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