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Lafayette driver changes plea in vehicular homicide case

Last year, a driver was charged with vehicular homicide, drunk driving, running a stop light, and driving with a suspended license after he allegedly ran a red light that resulted in a fatal crash in Lafayette. Police accused him of being intoxicated at the time of the accident. Last summer, he pleaded not guilty to the vehicular homicide charges. On Monday, however, he changed his plea.

According to a report from The Advocate, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge even though the jury selection for his trial was set to begin that day. Although a sentencing hearing has not been scheduled, he could get anywhere from five to 30 years of prison time. But, if he is facing prison time, why would he change his plea?

While we cannot comment on this specific case, there are many reasons why a person facing criminal charges might choose to plead guilty rather than challenge the charges in a trial. One common reason is evidence.

If you obtain a full understanding of the evidence against you, and you and your attorney decide that it is more likely than not that a jury would convict you, it may be worth considering a plea bargain if prosecutors are willing. If you are facing multiple charges, a plea deal might result in some of them being dropped. In other situations, a plea deal might lead to a less harsh sentence -- maybe probation instead of jail time, or fewer years in prison.

Although pleading guilty is always an option, it is certainly not the only option. While it may make sense for some people to work out a deal with prosecutors, it might benefit others to go to trial and fight the charges. A good way to assess your options is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: The Advocate, "Lafayette man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide," March 27, 2014

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