Re: plea dealing before evidence is shown
It's not that hard to realize the truth of this. What attorney is going to offer a plea deal without having seen any evidence at all? What attorney is going to advise their client to accept a plea deal without some idea of the evidence involved?
Looking back, I can see how those two sentences I wrote about plea deals and hearings could be construed as one single line of thought, that is my mistake. They are not really related to each other in what I was trying to convey and perhaps I should have worded it better.
My point was if formal charges were brought on, the evidence was seen by either a judge or a jury. If there are any talks of plea agreements, at the very least, the attorneys would go over the evidence.
I certainly hope that a prosecutor would not offer a plea before sufficient evidence is collected, possibly allowing an offender to use the "double jeopardy" defense to escape prosecution of a crime later discovered to have taken place during the act of the crime they already plead guilty to.