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Why should I consider a plea bargain to end my case?

Defendants who are facing criminal charges will sometimes opt to not go through a criminal jury trial. This is often the case if the person thinks that the evidence against him or her is too great to overcome. In some cases, it is possible to resolve a criminal case with a plea bargain. If you are facing criminal charges, make sure that you explore the possibility for a plea bargain if you don't think your case will go well at a trial.

What is plea bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutors. Generally, the plea bargain will result in the defendant having to plead guilty or no contest to criminal charges. There are three different areas that might be involved in a plea bargain. One is a sentence bargain, which occurs when you plead in a certain way in exchange for a specific sentence. Another is a charge bargain, which occurs if you agree to plead in a certain way to a lesser charge than the original charge. The final option is the fact bargain, which has to do with the evidence in the case. This option isn't used very often.

What happens if the plea bargain is broken?

Since a plea bargain is dependent upon both parties, the defense and the prosecution, meeting the terms, it can be canceled if either party doesn't uphold their end of the bargain. Generally, legal action would be required to force the sides to fulfill the conditions of the agreement.

If you are considering a plea bargain, you should make sure that you fully understand the conditions. Be sure to ask any questions you have before you agree to the plea bargain.

Source: FindLaw, "Plea Bargains: In Depth," accessed April 01, 2016

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