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Must a lawyer advise clients of the consequences of taking a plea deal?

Asked by user in Florida.

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

A lawyer is responsible for explaining:

  1. The reasoning (strengths and weaknesses) of the case
  2. The probable outcome of a trial
  3. The terms of the plea bargain offer
  4. Possible sentences

A lawyer certainly should be providing all of the information necessary for the client to make a reasonable decision based on the likelihood of a variety of outcomes for their case, including any changes that might arise over time.

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