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Plea Bargain in Wisconsin | Eisenberg Law Offices

A Guide to the Wisconsin Plea Bargain

Given how often they show up in television shows, almost everyone has heard of a plea bargain or plea deal. As we all know, however, the reality is a bit different from TV. First things first, plea deals are a real legal concept and they are used by Wisconsin prosecutors. They can be very helpful in minimizing the consequences of a crime, but automatically accepting an offer may not always be your best choice. Here’s what you need to know about plea bargains in Wisconsin.

Defining Plea Bargain

A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant that eliminates the need for a trial. The advantage of these arrangements for the prosecution is a guaranteed conviction without spending the resources needed to go to trial. Defendants benefit because the punishments are usually less severe than what they risk by going to trial.

There are two primary types:

1. Guilty Pleas. In a guilty plea, the defendant agrees to admit to committing a certain crime. In exchange, the defendant may receive a less severe sentence.

2. No Contest Pleas. No contest pleas are neither admissions of guilt nor innocence, but the defendant agrees to be found guilty. 

Should You Consider a Plea Deal in Wisconsin?

How do you know if you should consider accepting a plea deal? Sometimes, the deal is advantageous. At other times, it comes down to a risk assessment. How confident are you in your ability to fight the charges against you and come out victorious?

In most cases, the prosecution is willing to drop some charges or recommend a reduced or specific sentence to the judge in exchange for a guilty plea.

Don’t Accept a Plea Bargain Without a Wisconsin Attorney By Your Side

A plea might seem like a simple solution to a complex problem, but it can be complex and confusing. You should always consult a qualified criminal defense attorney before accepting any plea deal. Their knowledge of state law and federal laws can help you decide if the offer is beneficial to you or not.

If you have been offered a plea deal and need legal advice, contact the Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices. We will examine the facts of your case, the evidence against you, and the deal on offer to advise you of your best approach to the situation. Learn about your options during a free case consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing