George could be acquitted of all charges. But an acquittal was not a guaranteed outcome and a felony conviction in a trial would be permanent with no possibility of expungement, and would possibly lead to some prison time. George truly felt that he acted in self-defense, being followed for blocks by a man much more imposing than him, but the options that he was presented with by the District Attorney were not good. His lawyer, one of the very best in the entire state and possibly in the country, advised him to take the plea bargain.
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