No one is above the law, even the current U.S. president’s son. If you don’t believe that, then look no further than the recent indictment that was handed down to Hunter Biden. As of mid-December, Hunter Biden is being indicted on at least nine tax charges and a federal firearms charge.
The federal firearms charge stems from an incident that occurred back in 2018 when police discovered Hunter Biden in possession of a weapon. The tax charges stem from incidents in 2017 and 2018 when Hunter Biden admitted to failing to pay his fair share of taxes.
According to a previous plea deal that was getting arranged, Biden owed at least $4 million in taxes on person income he earned, and he never paid it off. Biden planned on pleading guilty to his charges in exchange for a plea deal, but that agreement fell through after a judge who was reviewing it considered the deal to be too lenient.
Under the arrangement, Hunter Biden would not have served any jail time. Instead, he would’ve been sentenced to two years of probation.
What really struck the judge’s interest, though, was the inclusion of specific immunity provisions for the Bidens. Under the plea arrangement, no further charges or investigations could be brought against Hunter Biden.
The current criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his business dealings has been ongoing since 2018. Investigators believe that Biden used the millions of dollars he earned in his private business dealings to fund a luxurious lifestyle rather than pay off his taxes, and they’ve also argued that Biden used his father’s political position for profit. Since no deal has been reached yet, the case will continue to proceed towards trial.
Sweetheart Deals: How to Secure Yours
Hunter Biden’s criminal case is very politicized and public considering his status as the president’s son. Despite that, sweetheart plea deals are much more common than you might think, and you might be able to secure a similar type of deal, too, if you hire the right legal representation during your criminal case. Hunter Biden wasn’t offered some unique type of deal.
Plea deals happen when an accused person knows they committed the crime and knows that the evidence against them is significant. In these scenarios, it might not be the best strategy to attempt to claim you didn’t commit the crime.
Instead, it might make more sense to plead guilty to a reduced or lesser charge in exchange for a lighter penalty. This type of arrangement is beneficial for everyone involved.
For one, the negotiation means the case won’t proceed to the trial – saving everyone time and money. For another, it means that your case will be resolved. You won’t have to potentially face more severe consequences like longer jail sentences, and the prosecution secures justice by getting you to plead guilty.
Have you recently been accused of a crime? Are you wondering whether a plea deal is right for you? Schedule a free case evaluation with our office now before agreeing to any deal. Let us help you make an informed decision on how to move forward.