There are not enough prosecutors, judges, courtrooms, or trial days on the calendar to put all the thousands of cases every year in Eaton County before a jury. For those defendants taken to trial, or for those who plead guilty before a trial, there are not enough jail cells in the state to hold them. These practical demands, plus the following are all interests that are considered by the Prosecutor when deciding how to proceed:
- Defendant's Speedy Trial Rights
- Public Safety
- Seriousness of the Cases
- Strengths or Weaknesses of Cases
- Victim's Wishes
A plea agreement is always designed to balance these competing interests. Most cases are resolved in a relatively short time by the defendant's plea, many times a plea to the charged offense.