Do not fear a trial. Sometimes it's the best thing to do. Sometimes it's the only thing to do. If the prosecutor's plea bargain offer bears no relationship to the merits of the case, then a trial is the remedy—unless you want to roll over and play dead. Going to trial can make sense even when you're likely to be convicted. For example, DWI cases in many counties have significant financial costs and penalties. These include dramatically increased insurance premiums, probation fees, costs of probation programs, fines, and court costs. The total cost of a misdemeanor DWI in Texas has been estimated at $18,000. Facing those kinds of costs why not go to trial? The result of the trial won't be much, if any, different than the result of a plea to Driving While Intoxicated, and you might win and save thousands of dollars. It's simply economics.
Likewise, it's rarely a good idea to plea bargain a case for a lengthy sentence—especially if there are any legal issues in the case. Unless the plea-bargained sentence is markedly less than the sentence likely to be received at trial, giving up any legal issues and the right to appeal isn't a good trade. This is especially true in certain federal criminal cases where the sentence is likely to be very high and pleading guilty doesn't result in a large sentence reduction.
All cases are different, and whether to plea bargain or go to trial is something that we will discuss as the cases progresses. Usually, this isn't a question that can be answered immediately. As we work the case, more information will become available and plea bargain options will become available. This will be a decision ultimately that you, the client, will make.