Some criminal cases are solved outside of court by reaching a mutual agreement; this is known as plea bargaining, or a plea agreement.
This occurs once the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge from the prosecutor in order to have other, possibly more serious charges, dismissed. Plea agreements can save both sides and the court some valuable time and money.
Purpose of Plea Agreements
• Defendants avoid lengthier sentencing and the price of defending themselves in trial
• Prosecution saves themselves time and money
• Court system is relieved, and is not forced to conduct a lengthy trial on every single crime committed
Plea agreements are intended to leave both the defendant and the prosecution with a bold certainty of the outcome, rather than face uncertainty by undergoing a trial, where penalties could be worse, but possibly better.
Either side can begin the negotiations necessary to enter into a plea bargain, but eventually both sides must agree if it is to be successful.
Benefits of Refusing a Plea Agreement?
By refusing a plea bargain, the defendant is essentially betting on their attorney’s ability to have the charges against them dropped; it can be a gamble for each side.
In theory, both parties should be better off if the defendant accepts the plea. The defendant is granted a hopefully minimized sentence, and they’re given the peace of mind that comes with absolute certainty. The prosecutor and the court system save time and money for other cases, which simply must go to trial due to complexity.
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