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

    … to county prosecutors. If the police have already arrested the suspect, they make an arrest report detailing all the events that led to the arrest. Based on the report, prosecutors can: File a complaint with the trial court Not pursue the criminal investigation Present evidence to the grand jury. It’s the grand jury’s responsibility to indict…

    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…

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  • Texas Theft Laws

    … Texas Theft Laws Posted by Matthew Sharp under Theft June 1, 2016 Theft Laws in Texas Everyone knows that it’s against the law to take things that don’t belong to you. It’s pretty straightforward: if you take property that belongs to someone else, whether by shoplifting or fraud, you can be arrested and charged with a crime. However, most…

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  • 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…

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  • 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?

    … jail time or fines. In some cases, the defendant may be allowed to serve a term of court-supervised probation instead of serving any jail time. Hiring a defense attorney is the best way to prepare a solid legal defense strategy after being charged with public intoxication. Attorney Matt Sharp Can Help If you have been arrested for public…

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

    …. Martelle does omit that the state legislature (and state and federal courts) has deliberately underfunded and sabotaged capital punishment in the state despite four separate referendum elections demanding that capital punishment be imposed, the most recent in 2012. That is because, they, like Mr. Martelle, are personally opposed to capital punishment…

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

    … deportation. What is “ineffective assistance of counsel”? The United States Supreme Court previously held that it is considered ineffective assistance of counsel for a criminal attorney not to advise a client of the immigration consequences prior entering into a plea bargain on behalf of his/her client. However, note that this decision…

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