Plea deals are a reality in our criminal justice system and allow our courts
to process countless cases without time consuming and costly trials. However,
a growing number of people take issue with the fact that the plea deals
are often being used to either skirt more serious charges, or shelter
otherwise innocent suspects from the risk of a criminal trial.
Cleveland.com recently reported on the prevalent plea deal atmosphere in our judicial system and spoke
with Attorney Ian Friedman for his take on what is becoming a controversial
In the piece "Should Ohio ban judges from allowing plea deals that
are 'lies'?," Attorney Friedman shared his concern that plea
deal rules fail to address the complexity of navigating these cases to
a resolution—and the accused's guilt or innocence. "[They]
fail to recognize what a majority of these cases are, which is a gray
area," Friedman said. "They are not all black and white."
Attorney Friedman also reiterated that plea deals are not decided by lawyers
and prosecutors, but ultimately judges and that they are responsible for
determining if a plea deal is appropriate. Like other Cleveland criminal
defense attorneys Cleveland.com spoke to, Friedman said that some clients—even
innocent ones—would rather live with a conviction than put their
future in the hands of a jury, something that should always be considered
by the judge.
Looking Out for the Client
Friedman also revealed that plea deals can be valuable for his criminal
defense clients as an indication of the strength of the state's case.
He told Cleveland.com that for many of his sex offense cases, a plea deal
is often entered. If the prosecution is cooperative, there is likely an
issue with their case.
Still, the plea deal climate remains a weighty issue for both defense attorneys
and prosecutors. According to Attorney Friedman, lawyers and prosecutors
who carefully examine both sides of a case can ensure that plea deals
are appropriate and fair to the accused.
Ian N. Friedman, Attorney at Law
is a premiere Cleveland criminal defense lawyer who has defended clients
all over the country. A sought-after litigator and legal resource, he
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