plea bargain

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plea bargain

also plea-bar·gain (plē′bär′gən)
intr.v. plea bar·gained, plea bar·gain·ing, plea bar·gains also plea-bar·gained or plea-bar·gain·ing or plea-bar·gains
To agree to plead guilty, especially to a lesser criminal offense, in exchange for some concession from the prosecution, such as dismissal of more serious charges.

plea bargain n.
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Noun1.plea bargain - (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious chargeplea bargain - (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge; "his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor"; "plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested"
criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
bargaining - the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Gates agreed to cooperate with Mueller as part of a plea deal to charges that he lied to investigators and conspired against the United States.
The government offered a favorable plea deal that promised to reduce his sentencing exposure by more than 39 years.
In October, Salling struck a plea deal in his case, and he will be going to prison for four to seven years.
Marks pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday in a plea deal, according to Australian Associated Press.
The admission came as part of a plea deal as Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Summary: Actor cut his wrists over a month before striking a plea deal in his child porn case.
TIGER Woods is expected to avoid prison with a plea deal after his arrest for drink or drug-driving.
Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge from his arrest in May.
Ochoa, who ultimately spent 13 years in prison, indicated he took his plea deal and testified against Danziger to avoid the risk of a death sentence.
According to Mano's plea deal documents, she set up an unauthorized online account for a credit union member.
The bank's CEO, Milton Smith, and his sister, Virginia Fields, asked Baker to reject the plea deal and send the case to trial.
3 agreed to a plea deal in federal court that will cost the company up to $500,000 in fines and five years on probation.