Guilty but Innocent: The Alford Plea
Plea Agreements Generally
At this point it is rather common knowledge that most criminal cases end with a plea agreement rather than a trial. In cases where the criminal defendant has actually committed the crime; and has no credible defense, this is usually the best course of action. Alford Pleas differ slightly from normal guilty pleas.
A competent criminal defense attorney can often work out an arrangement with the prosecuting attorney; where the defendant receives a lesser sentence or is permitted to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Sometimes defendants are allowed to avoid incarceration altogether with Pretrial Diversion programs. However, a traditional guilty plea does require the criminal defendant to Continue reading