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Plea Bargain

The purpose of this response is to analyze the reasons behind plea bargain. The objective is to illustrate how the process of plea bargain benefits the guilty.

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"A plea bargain is an agreement in a criminal case whereby the prosecutor offers the defendant the opportunity to plead guilty, usually to a lesser charge or to the original criminal charge with a recommendation of a lighter than the maximum sentence. A plea bargain gives criminal defendants the opportunity to avoid sitting through a trial risking conviction on the original more serious charge".
"Plea bargaining is very common; more than 90% of convictions come from negotiated pleas, which means that less than 10% of criminal cases result in a trial". The purpose of this essay is to analyze the reasons behind plea bargain. The objective of this essay is to illustrate how the process of plea bargain benefits the guilty.
There are two main purposes for implementation of plea bargain. The first one is to increase certainty; since judges in most cases have a wide discretion concerning the imposition of sentences; it is often difficult to assess the severity of the sentence or the actual outcome of the trial. It is for this reason that, "either the Crown or the defense may be willing to make certain sacrifices in order to obtain greater certainty and to insure that their most important objective is achieved". Secondly, plea bargaining is also used in order to save valuable court time, expense and inconvenience of a criminal trial. Arguably, plea ...

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The purpose of this essay is to analyze the reasons behind plea bargain. The objective of this essay is to illustrate how the process of plea bargain benefits the guilty.

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