1989 Guideline 11.6.4

GUIDELINE 11.6.4 – ENTRY OF THE PLEA BEFORE THE COURT

A. Prior to the entry of the plea, counsel should:

1. make certain that the client understands the rights he or she will waive by entering the plea and that the client's decision to waive those rights is knowing, voluntary and intelligent;
2. make certain that the client fully and completely understands the conditions and limits of the plea agreement and the maximum punishment, sanctions and other consequences the accused will be exposed to by entering a plea;
3. explain to the client the nature of the plea hearing and prepare the client for the role he or she will play in the hearing, including answering questions from the judge and providing a statement concerning the offense.

B. During entry of the plea, counsel should make sure that the full content and conditions of the plea agreement are placed on the record before the court.

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