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Running head: PLEA BARGAINS 1 Plea Bargains Jennifer Wilkins CJS/220 May 29, 2011 Farrell Binder
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PLEA BARGAINS 2 Plea Bargains Plea bargaining is the process by which the prosecutor for a case works with the defense in order to negotiate the charges that the defendant faces (Larson, 2009). During this process, the prosecutor informs the defense what they are willing to do to work the defendant on the charges. Many times, if the defendant agrees to plead guilty to the charge, they will receive a lighter sentence for cooperating. Plea bargains are only offers that are made, and either side can choose to deny the plea bargain and continue on with the trial. The purpose of plea bargaining is to avoid trial. This benefits the prosecuting side if they do not have enough evidence and stand to lose the trial. The defense benefits from the bargains because they receive a lighter sentence, There are different types of plea bargains that are made. The first type of plea bargain is charge bargaining. With charge bargaining the prosecutor offers to reduce the charges that are
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