Plea Bargains - Plea Bargaining What is plea bargaining?...

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Plea Bargaining What is plea bargaining? Plea bargaining is the pre-trial negotiation, which takes place in a criminal procedure. During this procedure the defendant and has his attorney sits on one side, and the prosecutor is on the other. The defendant either agrees to plead "guilty" or "no contest" to a crime. Another element for plea bargaining would also be because the defendant reveals information such as location of stolen goods, names of others participating in the crime or admission of other crime(s), such as a string of burglaries. In return a reduction in charges, or dismissal of some charges, this has to be approved by the judge, before accepting can take place. If the judge does not agree, then the plea bargain is cancelled. In the book Law for Dummies, it has been stated that at least 90 percent of all criminal cases never go to trial (p298). There are several different reasons for a plea bargain. One of the first reasons why the prosecutor would want to propose a plea bargain would be because of the high volume of cases facing the United States judicial system. Without plea bargaining the courts would become backlogged, thus causing the state to also spend more money. Some reasons for a plea bargain may be to avoid the uncertainty of a jury trial. With a plea bargain the defendant is given the certainty of receiving a lesser charge or the uncertainty of a jury trial in which the defendant may be found not guilty or found guilty of a more serious charge. One excellent example of this occurs when a rapist in the movie, The Accused, plea bargains to
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J 116 taught by Professor Herald during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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