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UNIT 6 Topic 1: Plea Bargaining Discuss the role of plea bargaining in criminal trials. What are the advantages of allowing defendants to plea to reduced charges/sentences? To what extent should victims of crimes be consulted in the plea bargaining process? Make sure you state whether you agree or disagree with the plea bargaining process. Posted: 1/17/2019 “ Plea bargaining is an agreement between the prosecution and defense by which the accused changes his plea from not guilty to guilty in return for an offer by the prosecution or when the judge has informally let it be known that he will minimize the sentence if accused pleads guilty" (Martin, 2003). Plea bargains are used to resolve the case prior to trial. Plea Bargaining Advantages to Defendants 1) The defendants exposure is reduced 2) The correctional processes can begin immediately 3) The practical burdens of a trial are eliminated 4) “The more promptly imposed punishment after an admission of guilt may more effectively attain the objectives of punishment; and with the avoidance of trial, scarce judicial and prosecutorial resources are conserved for those cases in which there is a substantial issue of the defendant’s guilt or in which there is substantial doubt that the state can sustain its burden of proof”. ( Roberson & Wallace, 2015).
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