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Cooper City Teen Enters Plea In Friend’s Death


A Cooper City teenager who had been facing manslaughter charges in the death of his best friend has been sentenced to probation after entering a plea of guilty to a lesser charge. The teen, according to reports, was involved in an incident in 2015 in which he and his best friend were playing with his stepfather’s gun when the gun went off and fatally shot the best friend. The teen has now pled guilty to the lesser charge of discharging a firearm inside an occupied dwelling.

Plea Bargaining – Is It Right For Everyone?

We often hear stories about plea bargaining that take place in our criminal justice system and, in fact, over ninety percent of all convictions are the result of plea bargaining of some sort. Is it the most efficient and effective way to handle criminal justice matters, though? Each party within the criminal justice system may have their own incentive for trying to negotiate or accept an agreement. Overloaded court schedules may be one reason why the courts have an incentive to accept guilty pleas from defendants for lesser crimes; prosecutors, with their often incredibly heavy caseloads, are also quite willing to avoid having to go through a lengthy trial and enter into a plea agreement in many cases. For defendants, a plea agreement can mean that they will serve less time and have fewer convictions on their record, which is an incentive to many. This can also result in much lower court costs and attorney’s fees for defendants who would otherwise find themselves facing a lengthy and expensive trial. Disadvantages of the plea bargaining process, however, are most clearly evident in situations in which an innocent defendant may be persuaded to enter a guilty plea to avoid a trial that they cannot afford.

For Better Or Worse, A Practice That Is Here To Stay

Plea bargaining has been around for a long time, and in the last century have become and remained a common practice in the criminal justice system. With the pressures on our court systems and continually overloaded dockets, it is certain that this will not change at any time in the near future. If you are facing criminal charges, something that you may be faced with deciding at some point is whether a entering a plea is in your best interest. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney is a necessity whenever anyone is in this situation and an important part of protecting your rights during your criminal case.

Contact Deric Zacca, P.A. For Help With Your Criminal Defense Matter

If you are facing criminal charges, do not delay. Contact the Fort Lauderdale area criminal defense attorney who has the experience to help you get the best results in your case. Regardless of the type of criminal matter at issue, Attorney Deric Zacca can help you to understand and protect your rights under Florida law. Contact the office of Deric Zacca, P.A. today to set up your appointment and get the best working hard on your side from the start.