35063589-Plea-Bargains - 1 Plea Bargains CJS/220 June 10,...

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1 Plea Bargains CJS/220 June 10, 2010 Mr. Anthony Gordon
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2 According to Meyer & Grant (2003) the purpose of plea bargaining is to have the accused and the prosecutor in a criminal case work out a mutually satisfactory disposition of the case subject to court approval. This usually involves the defendants pleading guilty to a lesser offense to only one or some of the counts of a multi-count indictment in return for a lighter sentence than that possible for the greater charge. There are three types of plea bargains; Charge bargaining being the common and widely known form of plea. It involves a negation of the specific charges (counts or crimes that the defendant will face at their trial). Usually, in return for a plea of “guilty” to a lesser charge, a prosecutor will dismiss the higher or other charges or counts. For example, in return for dismissing charges for first degree murder a prosecutor may accept a “guilty” plea for manslaughter, but this is subject to court approval. The second type of plea bargaining is sentencing bargaining this form of bargaining involves the agreement to a plea of guilty for the stated charge rather than a reduced charge in return for a lighter sentence. It saves the prosecutor the necessity of going through trial and proving its case. It provides the defendant with an
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