Understanding Plea Deals with Russell Araya of Ramos Law

June 4, 2024

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In a recent House of Law episode, Ramos Law Attorney Russell Araya delves into the process of plea deals in criminal cases.

When individuals are charged with crimes such as felonies or misdemeanors, they must decide whether to plead guilty or not. If the evidence strongly indicates guilt—like clear video footage and multiple eyewitnesses—discussing a plea deal becomes essential. Your defense attorney will negotiate with the district attorney to reach a plea agreement that balances your interests with societal concerns.

Accepting a plea deal means you must do so voluntarily and knowingly. If you hesitate before the judge, the plea may not be accepted, and you might need to reconsider or go to trial. Once committed, you’ll plead guilty in open court, taking responsibility for your actions in an allocution, where you explain the details of your crime.

After accepting your plea, the judge will find you guilty, leading to various consequences such as community service, jail time, probation, fines, or restitution. Understanding plea deals is crucial for navigating the complexities of the criminal justice system.

Learn more about the process of plea deals by using the link below to tune into House of Law Ep. 25.