This misconception causes the CJ system to be destructively cavalier with the time of the accused.
This was yesterday. The guy had been in jail for 35 days.
This parish has several criminal court judges, but each only holds court every few weeks.
So he pleaded guilty. So he could go home. Now his probation will be revoked, and he’ll be re-sentenced to an even longer probation. He’ll now have two felony convictions, and can’t attempt to have them expunged for at least 10 years.
Which means this guy would likely have *no* record if he’d had the luck of simply drawing a different prosecutor. /end