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I have been told by my attorney that I need to plead guilty

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I have been told by my attorney that I need to plead guilty to a felony tomorrow at pre-trial. I don't think it's the right decision. Is the punishment harsher if I use the court's time for a trial?
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Customer: MN. I had an early flight for work and my consistently loud neighbors wouldn't turn things down. I didn't know who lived there and it's a creepy building, so I grabbed a knife that I cut onions with and went over and asked them to turn the f**king music down. They slammed the door and 4 cops came and now I've been charged with a felony.
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Customer: Me versus the state, yes.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for using Just Answer. I am a licensed attorney and look forward to helping you. I am reviewing your question and will reply back shortly.

Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 7 months ago.

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.

Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 7 months ago.

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