Friday, January 12, 2018

Understanding New York Judges and Plea Bargains

Judges At the Apex of the Legal Triangle
After a few decades of practicing law you start to get a better overview of not only the legal process but the dynamics of how judges think about cases. It is not always the same way because not all judges act, think, or feel the same way about every single case.

That said, there are specific types of judges. I'm not talking about criminal versus civil versus family versus federal versus bankruptcy versus administrative judges. What I am talking about is the overall way that a criminal judge handles the prosecutor/criminal defense lawyer relationship.

What types of New York State criminal judges are there?

How do these judges sort their cases?

How do these judges make final decisions on sentencing?