A trial readiness conference, often known as a pretrial conference or settlement conference, is a court proceeding where the defense counsel and prosecutor discuss the facts of a criminal case and either agree to resolve the case or not. If an agreement is not reached, they may either confirm the trial date or ask for an extension.
At the first readiness conference, the defense counsel has the discovery materials from the prosecutor's office, and speaks to the deputy district attorney to confirms or reset the preliminary trial date. At the second readiness hearing, plea bargain discussions intensify and there is a stronger idea of the strengths and weaknesses of a case.
If your defense is strong and can be successful at trial, a criminal lawyer can assist in rejecting any plea bargain offer. A criminal lawyer can also advise you to consider a plea bargain if the trial is most likely to result in a guilty verdict.
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