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plea bargaining

Legal Definition of plea bargaining

Noun

  1. Negotiations during a criminal trial, between an accused person and a prosecutor in which the accused agrees to admit to a crime (sometimes a lesser crime than the one set out in the original charge), avoiding the expense of a public trial, in exchange for which the prosecutor agrees to ask for a more lenient sentence than would have been recommended if the case had of proceeded to full trial. The normal rule of law is that judges are not bound by plea bargains although, as past lawyers themselves, they are generally aware of plea bargains and a reasonable recommendation of a prosecutor on sentencing is always heavily considered.

Related terms


Definition of plea bargaining

Noun

plea bargaining (uncountable)

  1. The process of negotiating a verdict and sentence without a complete trial.

Verb

plea bargaining

  1. Alternative spelling of plea-bargaining.

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