Definition of Plea-bargain

1. Verb. Agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge. "If he plea-bargains, he will be sent to a medium-security prison for 8 years"

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Agree
Derivative terms: Plea Bargain, Plea Bargaining



Definition of Plea-bargain

1. Noun. (US legal) An agreement between a defendant and the prosecution in which the defendant agrees to a plea such as guilty or nolo contendere to a lesser charge rather than contesting a greater charge. ¹

2. Verb. (US legal) To make an agreement in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of not guilty to a greater one. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Plea-bargain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Torture and Ill-Treatment: Israel's Interrogation of Palestinians from the by Human Rights Watch/Middle East (1994)
"Instead, lawyers advised clients to plea-bargain with prosecutors and seek leniency in sentencing. When they are initiated, mini-trials are often chiefly ..."

2. Working with the Courts in Child Protection by Jane N. Feller (1995)
"Of course, just as in civil settlements, there may also be negative consequences to a plea bargain. Child victims may feel betrayed or disbelieved, ..."

3. National Judicial Reporting Program, 1990 by Patrick L. Langan, Richard Solari (1995)
"That number is not the same as the percentage of felony convictions that involved a plea bargain between prosecution and defense. ..."

4. Playing the "Communal Card": Communal Violence and Human Rights by Cynthia G. Brown, Farhad Karim (1995)
"The State Attorney's Office also reduced charges from manslaughter to causing death by negligence in a number of cases as part of a plea-bargain. ..."

5. Preventing Gang & Drug Related Witness Intimidation by Peter Finn (1996)
"an explicit death threat as part of a plea bargain, and the court sent the defendant to jail for a year for the intimidation. Charles Grant, former chief of ..."

6. Report of the Missouri Task Force on Gender and Justice (1994)
"Plea Bargains There are perceptions by some that the gender of a defendant can affect the disposition of a case by plea bargain. Commentators suggest that ..."

7. Victims Of Child Abuse; Domestic Violence; Elderly Abuse; Rape, Robbery, Assau< And Violent Death: A Manual For Clergy And Congregations by David Delaplane, Anne Delaplane (2004)
"Hope for a plea bargain. The survivors who are kept informed of the progress of a prosecution may often hope that a plea bargain will be struck, ..."

8. Torture and Ill-Treatment: Israel's Interrogation of Palestinians from the by Human Rights Watch/Middle East (1994)
"Instead, lawyers advised clients to plea-bargain with prosecutors and seek leniency in sentencing. When they are initiated, mini-trials are often chiefly ..."

9. Working with the Courts in Child Protection by Jane N. Feller (1995)
"Of course, just as in civil settlements, there may also be negative consequences to a plea bargain. Child victims may feel betrayed or disbelieved, ..."

10. National Judicial Reporting Program, 1990 by Patrick L. Langan, Richard Solari (1995)
"That number is not the same as the percentage of felony convictions that involved a plea bargain between prosecution and defense. ..."

11. Playing the "Communal Card": Communal Violence and Human Rights by Cynthia G. Brown, Farhad Karim (1995)
"The State Attorney's Office also reduced charges from manslaughter to causing death by negligence in a number of cases as part of a plea-bargain. ..."

12. Preventing Gang & Drug Related Witness Intimidation by Peter Finn (1996)
"an explicit death threat as part of a plea bargain, and the court sent the defendant to jail for a year for the intimidation. Charles Grant, former chief of ..."

13. Report of the Missouri Task Force on Gender and Justice (1994)
"Plea Bargains There are perceptions by some that the gender of a defendant can affect the disposition of a case by plea bargain. Commentators suggest that ..."

14. Victims Of Child Abuse; Domestic Violence; Elderly Abuse; Rape, Robbery, Assau< And Violent Death: A Manual For Clergy And Congregations by David Delaplane, Anne Delaplane (2004)
"Hope for a plea bargain. The survivors who are kept informed of the progress of a prosecution may often hope that a plea bargain will be struck, ..."

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