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Believe it or not, something similar to this happens every day in courtrooms across the country. When a defendant is weighing a plea offer, he has many factors to consider. He would want to consider the evidence, the witnesses and their testimony, the reasonable odds of success at trial and how the sentence might be different if convicted at trial.
After weighing all these factors, the defendant is expected to make an informed and intelligent decision as to whether to enter a plea or go to trial. If the defendant decides to enter a plea, he gives up all rights associated with a trial, this includes the right to be presumed innocent.
I can tell you from experience that many criminal defendants enter a plea despite feeling that they are not guilty of the charge. There are many occasions where the defendant will want to avoid the risks of a trial and accept a plea, even where they believe themselves to be innocent.
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