If you've been accused of a crime in federal court, should you plead guilty or go to trial?

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Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how to think about whether to go to trial or take a plea in a federal criminal case.

Figuring out what to do - whether to plead or take a case to trial in federal court - requires that a person's lawyer investigate what the options are so that a person can make a knowing decision about what to See more +

Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how to think about whether to go to trial or take a plea in a federal criminal case.

Figuring out what to do - whether to plead or take a case to trial in federal court - requires that a person's lawyer investigate what the options are so that a person can make a knowing decision about what to do.

Criminal defense attorney Matt Kaiser explains why you shouldn't assume that a trial or a plea is the best option until you have had a chance to work with an attorney who will investigate your case.

If you'd like more information for people facing federal criminal charges, under investigation for a federal crime, or trying to appeal a criminal conviction in federal court, please visit our webpage at:

http://www.thekaiserlawfirm.com

If you'd like more information, you can read our blog - which describes every published opinion in a federal criminal appeal where the defendant wins - you can read it here:

http://www.federalcriminalappealsblog.com

Video Transcript:

Sometimes people call me and they have been accused of a federal crime and they ask “Should I take a plea or should I go to trial.”

I often don’t know.

The reason I don’t know is because I just don’t know enough about a person’s case. It's stunning to me that people have reported that they will call one lawyer who will say “oh, if you are accused of federal crime you should absolutely go to trial, here is a rate that I will charge for that.”

Then they will call another lawyer and the lawyer will say “Well look if the prosecutor has charged you with the crime that means the prosecutor probably thinks you are guilty, what you need to do is you need to take a plea and you need to try to work with the Government to catch other people to get time off of your sentence.”

But in any case it maybe that a plea makes sense or it may be that a trial makes sense. But there is no way to know that until a lawyer sits down and carefully studies the law, carefully studies the evidence that the government has, carefully studies the facts and the defense that you have and investigates that before they can make a decision about whether you should go to trial or whether you should take a plea. You deserve nothing less than a full investigation and a full searching enquiry as to whether the Government can get a conviction.

What you deserve if you have been accused for crime is a lawyer who will do the hard work of sitting down and looking at the facts of your case. Sitting down and looking at the law of your case, and sitting down and looking at your defense and investigating it. Before telling you, you should go to trial or you should take a plea.

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