Sometimes the best strategy when defending against
criminal charges is to attempt to minimize punishment rather than try to have the charges
completely dropped. This seems to have been the criminal defense strategy
for one alleged bank robber who is currently facing criminal charges in
Pennsylvania. The defendant is accused of a string of bank robberies and
The 27-year-old man recently finished preliminary hearings regarding six
criminal cases being undertaken by the local and state police. In an anticipated
plea bargain deal, prosecutors are dropping one of the cases -- which
involved a drug paraphernalia charge from late July -- against the defendant.
In exchange, the man has waived his right to court hearings in the other
five criminal cases against him.
According to the plea bargain agreement, the defendant is agreeing to plead
guilty to a felony count for each bank robbery. He is also expected to
plead guilty to making terroristic threats for each of the bank robbery
cases. Three of the criminal cases involved bank robberies. The defendant
also faced charges for assault, theft, receiving stolen property, disorderly
conduct and reckless endangerment.
On the other hand, a plea bargain may not be the best option for every
criminal defense strategy in Pennsylvania. This will depend upon the specific
facts of the case and what type of evidence the prosecution has against
the defendant. There are many times where criminal charges may be effectively
defended against. However, other times a plea bargain may help to minimize
penalties and possibly even avoid jail time.
Source: goerie.com, "Accused bank robber waives court hearings", Tim Hahn, Sept. 5, 2014