What is an Alford Plea?
An Alford Plea is a guilty plea. The Defendant claims that they are innocent of a crime but admits that the Prosecution has enough evidence to prove that they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Why would a person plead guilty to a crime they say they are innocent of?
The evidence may be so strong in a case that there is a high probability that the person will be convicted of the charges they face. It may be the case that they are offered favorable terms in relation to a prison sentence by the Prosecution and decide to accept those terms so that they do not risk the potential of facing a lengthier prison term. A person may feel they have no option but to plead guilty due to overwhelming evidence against them and a lack of a good Defense.
As the Alford Plea is still a guilty plea, it is vital that the decision to plead guilty is made with an attorney.
The Alford plea is available in all States with the exception of Michigan, Indiana and New Jersey. Some States use it more than others, such as Louisiana and Missouri.
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