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Don't be in a rush to take the plea deal you're offered

If you've been charged with a crime in Illinois, the odds are high that your case will never go to trial. While it varies a little from state to state, 97 percent of federal convictions happen through plea deals. So do 94 percent of convictions for felonies at the state level.

The Bail Reform Act may lead to less pretrial detention

After an arrest, many people wait to learn whether the court will allow for their releases on bail or bond. In numerous cases, parties may not have the ability to meet cash bail amounts, and as a result, they spend a considerable time in pretrial detention. Commonly, individuals who pose no threat to the community or who are innocent of the alleged crime will still spend time behind bars.

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