Open Guilty Plea = Bad Case + Fair Judge + Unreasonable Prosecutor

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When faced with a really bad case, one option is to work out a favorable plea agreement with the government to try to mitigate consequences for the client. Another frequently overlooked option is to do an open guilty… Read More

Withdrawing a Guilty Plea

  It is never easy to plead guilty. As the cliché goes, if you plead guilty, there is a 100% chance that you will be found guilty. Nobody likes to stand up in open court and admit to… Read More

Being Found Guilty After Pleading Guilty

  If you plead guilty, there is a 100% chance that you will be found guilty. Or something like that. I read that on the Internet a few weeks ago and, while I can’t remember who said it… Read More

On the Defendant’s Acceptance of Responsibility at Sentencing

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Earlier this week, I caught the tail-end of a DWI trial in which Michael Bruckheim was representing the defendant. Bruckheim had attended portions of my last DWI trial in D.C., and I decided to repay the favor. I… Read More

On Rushed and Ill-Considered Guilty Pleas

Last summer, my 19-year-old daughter decided that she wanted to come see me in court.  I had just given notice of my intention to resign from the Defender Association of Philadelphia effective at the end of the month,… Read More

My Personal Philosophy on Criminal Defense

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On a Person Being Arrested Be polite, calm, and respectful. Do not say anything. If the officer asks you any questions, calmly reply that you will not say anything without your lawyer present. Then call your lawyer at… Read More