It’s a fact that most criminal cases are resolved away from the courtroom through plea bargaining. In this entry, we’ll talk about the different types of plea bargains, and how they can work for you.
What exactly is a plea bargain?
Simply put, a plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecutor and defendant (you) that leads to a lesser charge or sentence. They are generally the result of both sides looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the case from their own points of view.
Common justifications for plea bargains include:
- Too many cases already on the hands of the prosecutor, which means fewer can be effectively prosecuted
- Overcrowded courts
- The ability for the defendant (you) to save money in your defense
Are all plea bargains the same?
Generally, there are three (3) types of plea bargains utilized in the U.S. legal system.
- Sentence Bargaining
The prosecution – working with you – recommends a lighter sentence to the judge.
- Charge Bargaining
You plead guilty to a lesser charge that’s less severe than the original.
- Fact Bargaining
To avoid a longer sentence, you agree to plead guilty in exchange for the prosecutor ignoring certain facts of the case that would trigger a longer sentence.
Can plea bargains be overturned?
Once all parties – including the judge – agree to the plea bargain, you have essentially surrendered your rights to appeal.
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