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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For those who rob this country if caught and arrested can offer to give an application of plea bargain to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and be released right away.
He had pled guilty to manslaughter in a plea bargain that had three lesser charges -- driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and not keeping his hands free while driving -- withdrawn.
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However with reference to NAO, the Plea Bargain option is exercised by the accused at his own accord.
11) This large amount of power places the prosecutor in the position of making unilateral decisions that will directly affect a criminal defendant and will ultimately direct the likely result of any future plea bargain.
when a defense attorney fails to communicate a plea bargain or gives
criminal justice system, these individuals often are pressured to admit their "guilt" and accept a plea bargain.
trial or he can negotiate a plea bargain that avoids deportation.
Cooper, which highlighted whether the Sixth Amendment right to counsel safeguarded the integrity of the trial or encompassed non-trial facets such as the plea bargain.
Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, is on bail and will appear in court in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday to hear prosecutors set out the terms of his plea bargain, a family spokeswoman said.
Summary: A lawyer for an Al-Jazeera journalist imprisoned by Israel says his client admitted having contact with the Islamic militant group Hamas and will be released under a plea bargain.
Conrad Murray has reportedly said that he will not accept any plea bargain in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case.