Batesville, AR asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: My son is in jail for aggrevated robbery. This is his 1st offense. Should he take it to trial. Offer is now 25 years

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Kathryn L Hudson

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  • Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Without more information it is difficult to render an opinion. There are many factors that need to be considered before taking a plea offered by the prosecution, an attorney will review all the evidence the state has and must turn over to the defense in order to counter back to the prosecution with another alternative. Taking the case to trial of course has risk but when there is a prosecutor that refuses to budge it is often the only choice. If your son does not already have a private attorney you would be wise to do what you can to retain one for him. Public defenders are dedicated advocates but have heavy case loads and too often do not have the resources available to investigate the evidence and interview witnesses that when that evidence is shown to the prosecution often prompts them to reconsider their original offer.

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