Sometimes a client is simply guilty of some crime and the Crown’s case against them is overwhelming. In a situation like that, the best thing you can do is to arrange a guilty plea on favorable terms and make sure you are able to put the matter behind you as soon as possible. It’s very important to explore all other options first and to understand the consequences of pleading guilty. But it’s also important to move as quickly as possible, because you’ll get more credit from the court for pleading early if that’s where you’re going to end up anyway.
I negotiate with the Crown to obtain results for my clients that they can live with – even if that involves some admission of guilt. People make mistakes but that doesn’t mean you deserve to suffer excessively for one bad decision. Even people who are guilty of something – especially people who are guilty of something – need and deserve the full protection of our legal system. It may be that you need to admit to certain facts the Crown will inevitably prove, but other factors can minimize the consequences of your situation and a good lawyer won’t give one inch further than is absolutely required.
If you are not actually guilty of something, I would never advise you to agree to any deal. Even if it sometimes seems like the easiest thing to do, it’s a terrible mockery of justice when innocent people feel pressured to make a deal. Deals are for the people who are, in fact, guilty. And only then when the Crown is able to make the case against them. But in those cases, you still deserve the best deal possible.