What is a “Trial Tax?”

With almost every case, the plea bargain negotiations reach a point where trial is the only alternative to accepting the plea bargain being offered. The logical question from the client then becomes what punishment might he or she face if sentenced by a judge after trial, assuming an acquittal is not reached.  Our answer usually discusses a “trial tax,” meaning an increase in punishment from the last offer, varying in amount by how strong a defense our client had.  To read more about this concept, click on the following link.


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