You've probably heard about the notorious "Botox Bandit." This woman is accused of stealing Botox from clinics by receiving the treatment and then walking out without paying at some, and at others, paying with bad checks.
Today in Miami, the woman accused of being the "Botox Bandit" accepted a plea bargain.
The accused is alleged to have written fake checks. She is charged with grand theft due to the value of the services.
The accused's criminal attorney said she will accept a plea deal on non-felony charges. That may mean that her attorney was able to get felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges.
Good negotiating is a very important job that we criminal lawyers do for our clients. When evidence against your client is strong, going to trial and subjecting your client to the maximum penalty permitted by law may not be wise.
Plea bargain agreements permit our clients to receive reduced sentences, or sometimes reduced charges.
Good negotiating requires extensive knowledge of the criminal system. It requires the attorney to know what constitutes a good deal. Also, a thorough investigation of the case ahead of time permits the accused to come into plea negotiations with leverage.
Think about it as if you were going to buy a car. You know nothing about the car. You walk onto the lot and the salesman makes you an offer. Without knowing whether it's a good or bad offer, you accept. You later learn that you grossly overpaid for the car.
Now imagine that you did your research. You read the reports, you familiarized yourself with the invoice price, and now you know how much you should spend on the car because you understand its true worth. You get a much better deal because you are armed with knowledge.
Not to equate criminal defense attorneys and car salesmen, but negotiation is very basic. Each side wants to get the most out of the other party. If you understand the weaknesses in a case, you can better persuade the State to offer a lesser sentence because there is a chance that they may lose at trial. On top of that, if you client has no prior history, there is an incentive for the prosecutor to give the offender a second chance.
The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A. is a criminal defense firm that handles cases in Miami-Dade and Broward. If you need the services of a criminal defense attorney, call today for a free, confidential consultation. Attorney Eric Matheny is a former Miami-Dade prosecutor.