plea bargaining

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

plea bar·gain·ing

noun \-ˌbär-gə-niŋ\

: a process in which a person who is accused of a crime is allowed to say that he or she is guilty of a less serious crime in order to be given a less severe punishment

Full Definition of PLEA BARGAINING

:  the negotiation of an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge
plea–bargain intransitive verb
plea bargain noun

Examples of PLEA BARGAINING

  1. As a result of plea bargaining, he would not be sentenced to death.

First Known Use of PLEA BARGAINING

1932

plea bargaining

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Negotiation of an agreement between the prosecution and the defense whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser offense or (in the case of multiple offenses) to one or more of the offenses charged, in exchange for more lenient sentencing, recommendations, a specific sentence, or a dismissal of other charges. Supporters claim plea bargaining speeds court proceedings and guarantees a conviction; opponents believe it prevents justice from being served.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: pleach
Previous Word in the Dictionary: plea
All Words Near: plea bargaining

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up plea bargaining? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).