Plea Bargain

A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or 'copping a plea') is an agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. This may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to a less serious charge, or to one of several charges, in return for the dismissal of other charges; or it may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to the original criminal charge in return for a more lenient sentence.
Posts about Plea Bargain
  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … via indictment, complaint or information within: 90 days for a felony 30 days for a Class A misdemeanor 15 days for a Class B misdemeanor If the person makes bond, the time limit is extended to two years for a misdemeanor. If charges aren’t filed, the case is typically dropped. A prosecutor has more time to file in a felony case. They have five…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • False Claims Act 101 – Intervened Cases vs Declined Cases

    …, whistleblowers and their lawyers have made tens of millions of dollars from these cases. This post discusses the difference between a declined and intervened cases. We are writing this post after a reader asked what does it mean when the government “intervenes.” Great question. First a tiny bit of history. The False Claims Act was enacted during the U.S…

    Due Diligence- 11 readers -
  • Texas Theft Laws

    … in theft cases. Defending against theft charges may be difficult, especially if the defendant was caught with the stolen property in their possession. While it is possible to argue that the incident was an unintentional misunderstanding, this may not be the best strategy. Instead, the lawyer may try to arrange a plea bargain with the court…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 39 readers -
  • Texas Graffiti Laws

    … Texas Graffiti Laws Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law, Criminal Mischief April 13, 2016 Texas Graffiti Laws Whether it’s in Houston, Dallas or a small rural town, graffiti can be found on walls, trains and trees throughout the state of Texas. Some people argue that this type of spray-painted decoration is an art form that should…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 30 readers -
  • Grand Theft Auto: Not Just a Video Game

    … fight car theft charges in court. For example, a lawyer might be able to use evidence and witness testimony to arrange a plea bargain with the court. If this succeeds, the defendant could avoid incarceration and be given probation rather than lengthy jail time. Have you been charged with grand theft auto? Call Matthew D. Sharp, a tough, smart…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 28 readers -
  • Pleading “Guilty” or “No Contest” as a Non-Citizen

    …. If this scenario applies to you, I would highly recommend that you speak with a Miami immigration lawyer to discuss your options. Do not make the mistake of making an uninformed decision that could land you in a bad situation. I have already made a plea bargain. What are my options? If you have already made a plea bargain and been convicted of a crime…

    Michael G. Murray/ Miami Immigration Lawyer- 13 readers -
  • Forgery: Texas Laws Regarding Falsifying Documents

    … also argue that the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove that Dana had criminal intent to commit forgery. The attorney could claim that Dana was attempting to legally fill out the certificate and that she was not trying to defraud anyone. If these strategies are successful, the court could decide to offer a plea bargain to a lesser…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 27 readers -
  • What Constitutes Public Intoxication?

    … is to hire a defense attorney. An attorney can explain the process of a public trial and what to expect in a courtroom. Additionally, a lawyer may be able to negotiate with a judge in order to secure a plea bargain. A plea bargain may allow a defendant to plead guilty to a less serious charge. If this strategy is successful, the defendant may avoid…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 24 readers -
  • Relentless LA Times Capital Punishment Dishonesty

    … authored this bill thusly: “By his own estimate, he has tried to repeal the death penalty 37 times in his four decades as a Nebraska lawmaker.” Clearly, nothing has changed in Nebraska, this time the legislature was able, by one vote, to override a veto. Yet, the LA Times (and hundreds of other news publications) tried to paint this as a change…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 38 readers -
  • About to Plead “Guilty” or “No Contest”? Beware

    … criminal conviction could result in a removal order (i.e. deportation) being issued against you in Immigration Court. But I have a green card! This means that I cannot be deported, right? Wrong. See above. I was arrested for a crime. The charges were dismissed. Will I be deported? If you were only arrested for a crime, but the charges were dismissed…

    Michael G. Murray/ Miami Immigration Lawyer- 19 readers -
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