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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defendant can waive, as part of her plea negotiation, the right to
This article therefore explores the extent to which the presence of counsel does provide significant safeguard of fairness in guilty plea negotiation.
196, 210 (1995) (holding prosecutors may require defendants to waive admissibility of plea negotiation statements).
73) To catch up to this fast-moving judicial train, the ABA Standards should be expanded to include a checklist of duties in connection with plea negotiation to elaborate the general competence requirements in the existing Standards, including how defense counsel should relate to other actors in the process where collateral penalties are concerned.
In McDonald, the Second District Court of Appeal held that "when the judge has been involved in the plea negotiation and then later imposes a harsher sentence, the sentence is presumed to be vindictive.
183) Because the public defender failed to "perform an adequate investigation into the facts of [Johnson]'s case or the sentence enhancements" his performance was deficient "for the entire plea negotiation stage.
1) In the course of two decisions reassessing the proper standard for evaluating ineffectiveness of counsel in the plea negotiation context, the Justices spoke to the core division in the administration of criminal law: pretrial settlement versus fair trial, right to counsel versus due process.
agreement, but that review is separate from the plea negotiation process
Although many of the remedies discussed in the Note address the plea colloquy, many of these proposals may also be implemented in the plea negotiation stage.
He gave Miller a week to hire a lawyer who wasn't involved in the plea negotiation for advice, and Miller hired Fayetteville attorney John Everett.
Assertions of innocence, a polygraph test, prosecution evidence of guilt, and legal truth were subordinated to the low threshold of plea negotiation standards.