plea bargaining


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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.

plea bargaining

n
(Law) law an agreement between the prosecution and defence, sometimes including the judge, in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for more serious charges being dropped

plea′ bar`gaining


n.
a practice in which a defendant in a criminal case is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge rather than risk conviction for a graver crime.
[1960–65, Amer.]

plea bargaining

The practice of negotiating an agreement between the prosecution and defense in a criminal court case, by which a defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in return for the dropping of a more serious charge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plea bargaining - (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 bargaining - (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"
Translations

plea bargaining

n (Law) → patteggiamento (della pena)
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