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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That might in part reflect some unexpected charging and plea negotiation practices, or a decrease in mitigated sentence departures, the report says.
The report proposes audit of criminal cases in order to identify bottlenecks and devise a strategy to dispose minor, adoption and implementation criminal procedures rules and sentencing guidelines to provide clear and consistent mechanisms for plea negotiation, admission of guilt, and award of fines ad probation.
18) The authors reported that "[n]o prosecutor in the survey gave an answer which could be interpreted as a perception that police favored plea negotiation.
at 964 ("The concept of effective assistance of counsel in plea bargaining could easily be expanded to ensuring that the facts of individual cases are sufficiently developed prior to plea negotiation to satisfy minimum standards of pricing accuracy.
Other chapters discuss discretion, policing, charging decisions, filing, disposition routes to guilty pleas or trials, plea negotiation, and sentencing.
112) To the contrary, the Court recognized that the plea negotiation is "the critical point" in almost all criminal cases.
This article therefore explores the extent to which the presence of counsel does provide significant safeguard of fairness in guilty plea negotiation.
Efficient plea negotiation will reduce trial costs and preserve litigant resources.
This Note argues that a bail hearing is a critical stage because it can prejudice the outcome of a plea negotiation.
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.
Plea negotiation privilege, which enables the Crown and the defence
196, 210 (1995) (holding prosecutors may require defendants to waive admissibility of plea negotiation statements).