Should You Ever Plead Guilty And Expect To Receive Mercy From A Judge, Or Should You Always Defend Against Any Charges?
Interviewer: Have you ever worked with clients that prematurely conclude that they are guilty? Should people try to throw themselves on the mercy of a judge, or should they fight the charges? What would you say is the best advice in that situation?
It is Always Advisable to Retain an Attorney if You Are Facing Criminal Charges
John Reade: Anyone charged with a crime should get an attorney. If the attorney is experienced doing criminal defense, they will know the deputy district attorneys or the prosecutors and be familiar with their biases. Defense attorney knows what persuades a prosecutor and a judge as well as what does not persuade them. In addition, an attorney that has done a lot of criminal defense cases, he will have the experience to know how to approach all pertinent legal and factual issues.
Whether there are legal issues or factual issues in a case, an experienced attorney also knows how to present them properly before a judge. I just had a case today. The person was tired with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and criminal mischief. I was making two legal arguments in court on his behalf. Afterwards, the client said, “I don’t know how people could possibly represent themselves. You knew all these things that I would have no clue how to address.”