Simple Definition of plea bargaining
: 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
Examples of plea bargaining in a sentence
As a result of plea bargaining, he would not be sentenced to death.
First Known Use of plea bargaining
Legal Definition of plea bargaining
: the negotiation of an agreement between the prosecution and the defense whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser offense or to one or some of multiple offenses usually in exchange for more lenient sentencing recommendations, a specific sentence, or dismissal of other charges
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