The criminal justice system is a fickle one. There are many different things that a person who is in the middle of a criminal case needs to remember. One of these is that your actions can have an impact on what options you have for your case down the road.
Many criminal cases are resolved through the use of a plea bargain. This enables the defendant to have a say in the penalty that is going to come with the resolution of the case. It frees up the court docket and the prosecution to handle other criminal matters. While this might seem like a win-win for both sides, this might not be the case.
Before you agree to a plea bargain, you need to learn about the conditions of the agreement. In many cases, one of the conditions that you have to agree to is that you waive your right to a trial or legal action that can lead to an appeal. This means that you won’t have any right or ability to file an appeal down the road. The only exception in these cases is if there is an egregious error that is made by the court or by your attorney.
It can be difficult to prove that one of these errors was made. With this in mind, you must be very careful about your choices if you are entertaining the possibility of a plea deal. If you do think that your case will qualify for an appeal, whether you accepted a plea bargain or not, you should make sure that you are taking a realistic look at the facts to determine how you should proceed.