What is a plea bargain?

A plea bargain, sometimes called a negotiated plea, is an agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant, most often brokered through the defendant’s attorney, whereby a defendant agrees to accept certain consequences resulting from the charges against them in exchange for some benefit.

The costs and benefits to each party that influence a plea bargain can vary widely.

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