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Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing 1 Courts, Criminal Trials and Sentencing Katrina Bridges Gabrielle Williams Stacey Whitcomb CJA/303 April 12, 2010 Carlos Zuniga
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Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing 2 Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing This paper will cover the advantages and disadvantages of the plea bargain process and the jury system. The plea bargain offers the defendant the opportunity to plea to a lesser charge, which he or she avoids the maximum jail sentence. The disadvantages are many victims believe that justice was not served if a plea bargain is offered. Although there are many flaws in the justice system plea bargaining minimize the overcrowdings in the prison. If a defendant chooses to reject the plea bargaining, they have the opportunity to pursue a jury trial depending on the seriousness of the crime he or she may receive the maximum sentence or even capital punishment.
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Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing 3 Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing When a defendant is faced with criminal charges the individual has one goal to minimize any potential of conviction. Prosecutor’s goal is to get criminals of the streets and ensure justice. It would be a relief sign to be found innocent or acquitted of charges and avoid any sentencing time or penalties. However, when one is ordered to stand trial, it can be chancy because of the inability to predict a jury decision. In the court system there is a standard that prosecutors use to get a conviction known as the plea bargain. The plea bargain simple consist of the prosecutor allowing the defendant to plea to lesser charges, which can result in lighter jail time. This gives the defendant and the prosecutor chance to agree to a misdemeanor charge as opposed to a felony charge, many criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. Some factors must be determined if a plea bargain would result in a desirable outcome. Both the defendant and the prosecutor have to weigh the case and determine if the case is worth going to trial. The prosecutor must consider the seriousness of the crime, substantial evidence present, the publicity of the case, and prospect of a guilty verdict. The defendant has to consider if he or she wishes to go to trial and play Russian roulette with a jury and the seriousness of facing a conviction. Pros of Plea Bargaining Not every one is offered plea bargains because this depends on the seriousness of the crime. There are some pros when concerning plea bargaining such as the defendant may receive lesser charges resulting avoiding the maximum sentence for the crime; courts are less congested. Prosecutors are less overwhelmed provides some relief to prison overcrowdings, charges are reduced from felonies to misdemeanors; defendant has less stigmatizing to his or her records;
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Courts, Criminal Trials, and Sentencing 4 with minor offenses a defendant can avoid the hassle of searching for a lawyer and spending unsubstantial amount of money and defendants can avoid any embarrassment. The Cons of Plea Bargains
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