"No sane person should accept a trial by a magistrate."
Plead guilty immediately and get a minimal sentence - possibly a caution.
Be found guilty in a Magistrates Court and get a higher sentence.
Opt for a Crown Court trial and the minimum sentence increases again.
Be found guilty in the Crown Court and the minimum sentence ratchets to a new level.
Appeal that decision and you are getting into bankruptcy levels.
It all conspires to persuade innocent people to admit to something that is a figment of the police's febrile imagination.