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Plea Negotiations

Approximately 90% of all criminal cases in the United States are pled guilty, and a majority of these cases are a result of plea negotiations. Plea negotiation is defined as pleading guilty in exchange for something of value from the prosecutor—generally, a reduction of charges or counts or a more favorable sentence recommendation. There is a great amount of psychology in determining the factors that influence the negotiation process. It is important to understand the term plea negotiation and identify the different types of pleas and plea negotiations—all of which this entry discusses. In addition, this entry addresses the role of both the prosecutor and defense attorney in this plea negotiation process. Finally, this entry addresses legally relevant and legally irrelevant influences of the plea ...

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