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
PLEA BARGAINING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plea bargaining for English Language Learners
: 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
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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