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 10 years for some felonies. More serious felonies like indecency with a child and murder don’t have a time limit. Getting to Trial Many steps occur prior to a trial. For instance, an arraignment hearing is where a judge reads the criminal charges against the defendant. The defendant has the chance to enter a plea and request a continuance. During…

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

    …. Civil War. Back then, the government was broke. All resources were diverted to support the Union Army and the war against the break-away Confederate states. The Justice Department simply didn’t have the money or personnel to pursue fraud claims. Back then, dishonest vendors were selling the Union Army bad wagons, lame mules and gunpowder…

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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

    … a car that he or she knows is stolen can be charged with theft in the same way as the person who actually stole the car. Also, a person who agrees to purchase a car that has been described as stolen by an undercover police officer in a sting operation can be charged with theft as if the car was actually stolen property. Legal Penalties A person…

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  • 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

    … Forgery: Texas Laws Regarding Falsifying Documents Posted by Matthew Sharp under Felonies, Fraud September 9, 2015 Forgery Laws in Texas In Texas, forgery is defined as an illegal action that involves using false information to create, alter or sign a document for the purpose of fraud or harming another person. Criminal forgery charges can…

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  • 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…

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  • Relentless LA Times Capital Punishment Dishonesty

    … words, is the legal process concerning a burglary conviction or disorderly conduct the same as the process involved in a capital murder case? Of course not. One frequently involves a plea bargain that is far more likely to ensnare an innocent defendant as opposed to a murder case that involves upwards of thirty years of due process. To lump all…

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  • About to Plead “Guilty” or “No Contest”? Beware

    … is not retroactive. This means that Padilla only applies to people whose criminal cases are currently open, and who can therefore seek relief from deportation by attempting to vacate their prior criminal convictions. Motions to vacate are a rather complicated area of law. If this scenario applies to you, I would strongly suggest that you consult with a Miami…

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