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What Is A Plea Bargain?

One of the options that may be available to someone facing a criminal charge is to take a plea bargain. Unlike taking a case to court and waiting for the judge and jury to determine what their sentencing will be, a plea deal is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor whereby the accused pleads guilty or nolo contendre to charges in exchange for reduced criminal penalties or being accused of a lesser criminal offense. Usually, a plea bargain is offered when the criminal courts become crowded and there are numerous cases that are attempting to get through the system, but can occur in any criminal case.

Plea Bargains & Your Criminal Case

One of the benefits of a plea bargain is allowing the prosecutor to have some control over the outcome of the case and the defendant to take authority over what is happening instead of leaving it in the hands of the court. A skilled criminal defense attorney will analyze the details of the case before figuring out whether or not a plea bargain is in their client’s best interests.

There are two types of plea bargains that can be negotiated:

  1. Sentence: Lighter sentencing to a guilty or nolo contendre plea.
  2. Charge: Existing charges are reduced or eliminated in exchange for a plea.

Importantly, a plea bargain can occur at any point in the criminal proceedings, beginning when a suspect has been arrested until the point when a jury returns into the courtroom to offer a deal. When a jury is unable to come to a unanimous decision concerning the innocence of the accused, the prosecutor may offer a plea deal in order to help speed along the criminal process.

No matter if a suspect pleads guilty or no contest to the charges they are facing, the defendant is considered guilty and the charges will appear on their criminal record, including the loss of any rights they would have if they were convicted in a trial. If you are wondering how you may be affected by a plea bargain, we encourage you to contact Curcillo Law, LLC for a free case consultation. Our attorneys can explain your rights and options moving forward.

Categories: Criminal Defense
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