Two of the three Florida siblings who made headlines last year after eluding police in a multiple-state chase have accepted plea deals to avoid attempted murder charges, among others.
Today, the majority of criminal cases in Colorado and the rest of the country never go to trial. In fact, according to the American Bar Association (ABA), nearly 95 percent of criminal convictions result from defendants entering into a plea bargain with the prosecution.
In serious criminal cases, people's liberties are at risk and so defendants are given the chance to defend themselves against the crimes they are accused of in a court of law. Because this process is so important, our Constitution guarantees defendants the right to an attorney when they could face prison time.