What are the advantages and problems with plea bargaining?
Hi,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X'd be happy to answer your questions today. The advantages with plea bargaining are getting a lighter sentence than if the case went to trial. It saves time, as well as the state's money (and the defendant's money, if he does not have a public defender). Another advantage is that, in many cases, a defendant can get the charges reduced if he is willing to plead guilty (or, where there are multiple charges, can get one or more of the charges dismissed).The disadvantage is that you are giving up your right to make the prosecution prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Where the evidence is weak, or you are not guilty, this is an important consideration. Another disadvantage is that, following a Plea Bargain, a defendant will have a criminal record that could affect his ability to get a job in the future (but, this is the same as being found guilty).
Hello again Babeecakes!Let me add some additional insight to your question.Plea bargaining is the process of negotiating a Verdict and sentence without a complete trial. Benefits to plea bargaining include the fact that it "rewards" a defendant for admitting fault by giving the defendant a lighter sentence than if the defendant actually proceeded to trial and was found guilty. Sometimes charges may be dropped in exchange for a plea agreement. Another benefit is that it helps reduce time-consuming trials and is useful at promoting efficiency of the judicial system, which benefits everyone. A negative aspect of plea bargaining is that it can be viewed as effectively "punishing" a defendant for exercising his or her constitutional right to a trial. Similarly and accordingly, it may persuade an individual who is not guilty to enter a plea bargain simply to avoid the risk of going to trial. Another disadvantage is that if a criminal is actually guilty of his or her crime, then perhaps it is not in the best interest of justice to give such an individual a reduced sentence. Another disadvantage of plea bargaining is that a defendant usually waives his or her right to an appeal at a later date, so an individual is generally stuck with such a plea bargain after entering into one. I hope this helps, and as always, please let me know if you have any follow-up questions! Also, if you start your question with "To HPlawyer", other attorneys will typically not answer your question.DISCLAIMER: Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney under any circumstances, period. I require a written engagement letter to serve as someone's attorney. Please keep in mind that everything you say in this exchange is readily accessible to the public (whether it is law enforcement, your nosy next door neighbor, or your mother-in-law, they can read what you write). Do not say anything that you do not want publicly known. If you want legal advice or an attorney-client relationship, and all the benefits that come with the attorney-Client Privilege, you should seek and retain local qualified counsel. You should also keep in mind that any information I give you is based on the limited facts you provide me, and any additional facts could substantially or completely alter any information I give you. Just for the record, unless you live in Georgia, I am not licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction. In fact, my knowledge of laws is limited to Georgia. I am not an "expert"-- just a lawyer. Any information I provide you is for general information and educational purposes and shall not constitute legal advice. Consider it a good first step in your knowledge acquisition.
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