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97% of Federal and 94% of State Convictions are Guilty Pleas

Ninety-seven percent of federal convictions and ninety-four percent of state convictions are the result of guilty pleas.

With that in mind, the Supreme Court has expended a defendant’s right to counsel to plea-bargaining having determined that negotiating a deal with the government is a critical stage in representing a client.  Poor advice on the law regarding sentencing can now lead to a reversal based on ineffective assistance of counsel.