The prosecutors know which defense attorneys have the chops to take a case to trial and these lawyers get better results for their clients; that’s a fact. If your attorney can’t go all the way with your defense, they’re basically working for the District Attorney on your plea deal. This is because criminal defense is like a game of poker. At the outset of a criminal case both sides hold a “hand” of facts and circumstances critical to the outcome of the case. Settlement choices are based on each side’s perception of the strength of their respective cards. Of the many factors taken into consideration the most important are the weight of the prosecutor’s evidence and the extent of the defendant’s exposure.