First Offender Status and Plea Bargaining: If one of the first things a lawyer does is even mention first offender status or a plea deal, RUN!!!. A lawyer’s job is to zealously advocate and defend a client. A lawyer should be taking the time to hear your story, research the facts, research the law, and only AFTER ruling out every possible way to fight the charge should the lawyer even consider subjecting a client to the harsh conditions of First Offender Status or a plea bargain. These First Offender programs typically involve a loss of your driver’s license, community service, drug testing, expensive drug education classes, and other restrictions. Furthermore, your record is never truly “clean” afterwards because it will show that you did a first offender program, and many prospective employers ask applicants if they ever took part in a first offender program.