Criminal charges are significant legal problems for individuals in Connecticut and those who must address them can do so with the help of criminal defense attorneys. The contents of this post are offered as information and readers who have questions about negotiating the terms of criminal charges should contact their own lawyers for case-specific help.

In some circumstances, criminal charges can be negotiated with prosecutors. Negotiating can involve discussing different elements of a criminal case and seeking out ways to agree on some issues. The results of agreements of this nature may mean shorter trials, shorter sentences, or reduced charges.

For example, an individual and prosecutor may negotiate what charge or charges the person will face or plead guilty to. Many criminal charges have lesser included charges that may be proven on the same facts but that come with lower assessed penalties. A prosecutor may offer a lesser charge to a criminal defendant in exchange for their guilty plea.

Similarly, a person could negotiate what facts are presented at their trial with a prosecutor. For this to happen the person will generally have to stipulate that certain facts are true even if they are potentially incriminating. In exchange, however, the prosecutor may agree not to present other damaging pieces of information.

There are other ways that plea negotiations can be undertaken by individuals involved in the criminal justice system and each criminal cases will move forward based on its own facts and circumstances. Individuals facing criminal charges may talk to their attorneys about whether plea negotiations will serve their needs and other options for protecting their rights and freedom.