Sometimes pleading guilty is the best criminal defense

When charged with a crime, it can be difficult to know the best way to fight it. There are often various defense options at one's disposal -- which will all have their negative and positive points. In some cases, there are those Colorado residents who may find that pleading guilty is their best criminal defense.

It was recently reported that a former chief of police who was accused of stealing weapons from his station and evidence room, and selling them to an area pawn shop, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The 52-year-old male was officially charged with theft and lying to a pawnbroker. He resigned from his post in 2015. An investigation into the matter began in 2016.

The potential consequences for this man's alleged actions could be quite significant. However, by pleading guilty to the crime, the penalties associated with a conviction may be minimized. According to a spokesman for the Lake County District Attorney's office, the accused is looking at up to four years behind bars. Sentencing in this particular case will not take place until February.

Every criminal case is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all criminal defense approach that will work for everyone. Sometimes, entering a guilty plea really will help the accused achieve the best outcome possible -- as odd as that may sound. With the assistance of legal counsel, Colorado residents who stand accused of criminal offenses can protect themselves by gathering all of the information necessary to make educated decisions regarding the best ways to approach their cases.

Source:, "Former Colorado police chief pleads guilty to weapons theft", Dec. 2, 2017

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