April 5, 2021 By Paul Wallin

How We Can Work To Get You a Great Outcome In Your Case Through “Charge Bargaining”


Many people who are accused of crimes are rightfully concerned about what their total sentence might be.  How long will a person be sent to jail or placed on probation are serious concerns?  Bargaining for a lower amount of time in custody or for probation instead of prison is sentence bargaining.  A skilled criminal defense attorney can also reduce some of the additional consequences of a criminal conviction by convincing the district attorney to change what charge a defendant pleads guilty to.  This is called charge bargaining.  

Some of the positive outcomes that a criminal defense attorney can achieve through successful charge bargaining can be

-lowering the amount of time a person has to register as a sex offender

-lowering the percent of a total sentence time a person has to spend in prison 

-not having your driver’s license suspended 

-having you plead to a charge that allows for early release from custody


Why is it Important to Have an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Charge Bargaining? 

A skilled criminal defense will know about how each criminal charge will impact a defendant in multiple ways.  For instance, in a case where a defendant is facing having to register as a sex offender, the attorney can try to convince the DA to let the defendant plead to the charge that requires the person to register for the shortest amount of time.  This type of negotiWallin and Klarich Criminal Defense Law Firm Orange County Charge Bargainingating can be successful because many times the district attorneys are not fully aware of all of these details and may not know how changing the charges can positively impact a defendant.

In a recent case Wallin & Klarich handled where the DA was trying to have my client register as a sex offender, we convinced the DA to allow our client to plead to a similar charge, but one that did not require his information to be on the public website.

In another case, we convinced the DA to dismiss the violent charges against our client and allow our client to plead to a non-violent offense.  This change by itself allowed our client to serve significantly less time in jail because the jail releases people much earlier for non-violent offenses than violent offenses.

Contact Wallin & Klarich’s Experienced Attorneys Today

If you are looking to hire a criminal defense attorney a good question to ask would be: if I do have to plead guilty, what experience do you have bargaining with the DA to get me the most favorable charges. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 40 years of experience bargaining with the District Attorney. We know what it takes to make an aggressive defense and give our clients the best possible outcome.

With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, Los Angeles, and San Diego, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available near you no matter where you are located.

Contact our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (714) 587-4279 for a free, no-obligation phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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