Lidia Nasukowicz, Angela Peeler, Sean Schaffer, Robin Webb, Miranda Williams CJA/224
February 24, 2014
Plea-Bargaining originally started in the early part of the nineteenth century with the violation of liquor laws. It is one of many issues viewed in the criminal justice system. It may or may not be beneficial to the accused person allowing them a lighter sentence. This paper will discuss definition of plea bargaining, distinguish between charge bargaining and sentence bargaining, compare and contrast the pros and cons associated with the use of plea bargains, and describing how plea bargaining reflects or thwarts the crime control and due process models of criminal justice. Plea bargaining,(criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge; "his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor"; "plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested"(Princeton.edu)
The benefit of plea bargaining for most defendants, is to plea bargaining is receiving a lighter sentence for a less severe charge than might result from a conviction at trial. An example of this would be someone is charged with 20 counts of burglary after a spree of burglaries in his neighborhood. The District Attorney offers to drop the charges to two counts of burglary if the suspect pleads guilty right away. The suspect takes the deal, because his sentence will be shorter and he will be eligible for parole earlier than if he were convicted on every charge at trial. Another fairly obvious benefit that defendants can reap from plea bargaining is that they can save a bundle on attorneys’ fees, assuming they are represented by private counsel. It almost always takes a lot more time and effort to try a case than to negotiate and handle a plea bargain, so defense counsel typically charge a much higher fee if the case goes to trial. There...
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