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What is a plea negotiation?

Criminal defense guidance should always be sought from Butler-based legal professionals who actively work in the state and federal criminal defense field of law. The following post will briefly discuss the legal concept of plea negotiations and how they may be used during a criminal defendant's trial prep and defense planning. However, the information provided herein should not serve as a substitute for individual legal advice.

Like a business negotiation where entities may work out terms to an agreement or contract, a plea negotiation involves a prosecutor and a criminal defendant, and their counsel, working together to resolve an alleged criminal matter. Readers may be familiar with plea negotiations from watching their favorite crime dramas on television and may regard them as a means of reducing a defendant's potential sentence for their alleged crimes.

Plea negotiations can involve different types of dealings. They may involve negotiating the charges that the defendant should face or, as mentioned, the sentence they should receive if they choose to offer a guilty plea. In some cases, criminal defendants may be able to negotiate the facts that prosecutors use to try their cases, which can make a big impact on what prosecutors can therefore prove as crimes against them.

State laws will influence if and how a defendant may negotiate the terms of their plea deal. It should be noted that plea deals may not serve the interests or needs of all criminal defendants, and the decision to pursue a plea negotiation should be carefully considered before starting. More information about plea deals and negotiations may be sought from a legal professional that specializes in criminal defense law.

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