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Good afternoon,The punishment, should you go to trial and lose, potentially could be more severe only because as I'm sure you know, a plea represents a reduction in the charge and/or the potential penalties. Once you turn that down, if you are found guilty, the court could give you the maximum punishment under the law. But there's a lot of factors that go into a judge's decision too - from the facts and circumstances of the case, a person's prior record, whether a person showed remorse for their actions, etc.Sometimes, if a case goes to trial, a prosecutor will make a recommendation for sentencing that is more severe than what was offered in the plea. It's possible that the prosecution's changed recommendation was meant to punish the defendant for demanding a trial, yes. But it's also possible that the evidence at trial went beyond what the prosecutor thought he could prove at the time he offered the bargain.
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