Plea Bargain

Many criminal cases are resolved through a plea bargain, usually well before trial. In a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to plead guilty to one or more charges (often to a lesser charge than one for which the defendant could stand trial) in exchange for a more lenient sentence (and/or so that certain related charges are dismissed). Learn more about plea bargaining basics, the benefits and risks in entering into a plea agreement, some and the kinds of plea bargains typically negotiated.

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