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Pre-Arrianment Plea

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Florida

Is it possible to talk to the states attorney before an arrianment and get a plea deal?

garrula lingua

Senior Member
PDs and private attorneys always should, but frequently don't (no time) and some Judges don't want prosecutors talking to people representing themselves (fear that the defendant will feel pressured to plea, or say something incriminating about the case). and, some Prosecutors don't want to speak with Defendants (same fears).

At arraignment, ask to speak with the Prosecutor. If you want to represent yourself, tell the bailiff (the cop in uniform; or tell the clerk at check-in) & say you want to represent yourself & want to speak w/Pros.

You will have to sign a form giving up your right to an attorney (for that appearance).

But...you have the right to reman silent. If you talk about the facts of the case, that Prosecutor can be a witness against you at trial, if there is one.

On the other hand, it's a quick way to resolve a case when there's no issues and the offer is the standard mandatory minimum, or even a reduction or diversion.

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