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The difficulty with the plea bargain

I have often found my clients to be between a rock and a hard place. Take a current case of The State of NJ v. TC. TC is a hard working health aide who was accused by the daughter of her patient of stealing over $20,000 from her employer. Of course, the local municipal police did not do much of an investigation. They merely handed the whole thing over to the county prosecutor who has, of course, indicted her. My client is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she asserts her innocence and goes to trial she risks spending up to twenty years in jail. If she takes a plea she may have to pay “restitution” of more than $20,000! What to do? Conducting a trial can costs tens of thousands of dollars not to mention the risk that you can lose.

What would you advise?

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