an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge rather than risk conviction for a graver crime in order to avoid a protracted trial or to win the defendant's cooperation as a witness.
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How to use plea bargaining in a sentence
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Prosecutors also gain benefits from plea bargaining in circumstances such as these.
plea bargaining has become the mainstay of many a criminal-defense practice.
The objective of plea bargaining is always the same—to capture a benefit, whether large or small, for the client.
British Dictionary definitions for plea bargaining
law an agreement between the prosecution and defence, sometimes including the judge, in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for more serious charges being dropped
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