What is the purpose of a plea bargain?
In the legal area, a plea bargain is made between the lawyer and defendant to possible reduce a sentence for the defendant and to show mercy and compassion. Plea bargains are also used to obtain information from one accused to build a stronger case against another accused.
Does it affect a defendant's sentencing if the judge prosecutor public defender and the defendant do not sign a plea bargain contract?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a plea bargain "contract." The offer of a plea bargain is made between the prosecutor and the defense attorney. The judge is not involved in this 'bargaining process' and in some cases may not agree with it, and is not required to follow the result suggested by the prosecutor.
From the prosecution's point of view, plea bargains are sometimes offered to obtain testimony from the accused that could lead to a conviction in another, presumably higher-profile, case. For example, a hit man could plea bargain and have his own sentence reduced from murder to manslaughter if he agrees to testify against the crime boss who hired him. The prosecution may also offer a plea bargain to reduce court time or to show mercy to…
Its a criminal law term used to define the process in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser criminal offense in which they were originally being charged with....in essence you bargain for a lesser charge in exchange for pleading guilty to the lesser offense. A plea bargain, also known as plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea, is when a defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.
A plea bargain benefits a judge by avoiding a lengthy trial. It is supposed to be an agreement to a lesser charge in exchange for a guilty plea, however it has been usurped by prosecutors and judges who only agree to token reductions and often threaten accused with further charges or spousal inclusion in indictments if plea agreements are not signed.