The Criminal Plea of Guilty in Washington

Of state of Washington, perhaps the one most replete with complication and fraught with unexpected consequences is the plea of guilty. Most attorneys who have represented criminal defendants are somewhat familiar with the basic elements of the guilty plea. Few attorneys whose practice is primarily in other areas, however, understand all its ramifications.

The importance of a working knowledge of the plea on the part of any attorney representing a criminal defendant cannot be overemphasized. If the defendant is represented by counsel when he enters a guilty plea, the trial court may properly assume that the accused has been adequately informed of all consequences of making the plea. The obligation rests with counsel to fully inform his client of his rights.


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John M. Wolfe, The Criminal Plea of Guilty in Washington, 1 Gonz. L. Rev. 89 (1966).

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