A plea bargain can help a prosecutor by it saves the court valuable time for high-priority cases. Also it can help a prosecutor because then don’t have go through a trial if they have a lot of other cases. A plea bargain can also help a prosecutor because if the defendant takes the deal it shows that they are taking responsibility for the crime. When it comes to the defendant a plea bargain can help by the defendant could get a lesser sentence if they plead guilty to the crime the committed. Also it can help the defendant by not making them sit though a trial.
Plea Bargains Andrea Dennis-Hart September 23, 2009 Tony Stroud A plea bargain according to Black’s Law Dictionary is the process whereby the accused and the prosecutor in a criminal case work out a mutually satisfactory disposition of the case subject to court approval. It usually involves the defendant’s pleading guilty to a lesser offense or to only one or some of the counts of a multi-count indictment in return for a lighter sentence than that possible for the graver charge (Black, 1991, p. 798). Many plea bargains need to get the approval of the court, but some may not be; this is when prosecutors may drop charges in exchange for a guilty plea. There are different forms of plea bargains. All involves some form of sentence reduction.
According to the Legal Resource Library, “The biggest drawback to plea bargaining is for the innocent defendant who decides to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid the risk that he or she will be found guilty at trial.” Plea bargaining requires the defendant to waive three rights that he/she is normally protected by until the Fifth and Sixth Amendments: the right to a jury trial, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to confront hostile witnesses. (Cornell.edu) Some people may try to argue that plea bargaining in unconstitutional, however, this argument has been repeatedly overruled by the Supreme Court. There are a lot of controversial issues surrounding plea bargaining, and victims’ rights groups are arguing that the victim should have inputs and a voice into the bargain that is being established between the prosecutor and the defendant. Victim rights activists also feel that defendants undermine the criminal justice system in its entirety and defendants are let off too
Case or controversy has three criteria that are necessary for it to exist. The first should be an adverse relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. Second out of the parties involved, at least one must provide an actual legal dispute. Ripeness is when a judge has the ability of the judges’ decision to affect the parties immediately. Question 5
The law applies to 3 convictions, not 3 crimes (i.e. criminals may get away with several incidents). The law destroys the flexibility of the courts and the judge. It is unjust in certain conditions (victimless crimes, young criminals, etc.). Criminals often plea bargain their first two convictions.
Once defendant agrees, if he does, then the plea bargain is presented to a judge. If the judge accepts the plea barain and he speaks with the defendant to make sure he/she is making a “knowing and intelligent” plea, then the defendant will be sentenced. If the defendant or judge refuse to enter into a plea then the case is taken to trial. Prosecution Benefits One of the biggest benefits to the prosecution from a plea bargain is that it is an assured conviction. Also, plea bargains allow prosecuters to protect government informants, which most likely have criminal records.
Others may think the exclusionary rule should not be used to enforce the Fourth Amendment. They feel at times it is necessary for the exclusionary rule to not be used. I can understand their position because they are looking at putting the accused defendant behind bars and make sure they are punished to the fullest. At times without the exclusionary rule, the case in court can succeed and get the result the prosecution and maybe even what the public want. Sometimes people feel the defendant has too many rights and has more benefits, which could help them get away with criminal activity.
5. What are three factors judges consider when setting bail? * How serious the alleged crime is * The amount of evidence the prosecution has * The likelihood that the accused will attempt to flee the area. Critical Thinking Questions 6. Do you agree that incarceration is a better method of correction than corporal punishment?
Unless the government is able to prove the existence of these elements, it can't obtain a conviction in a court of law. The due process model is a model of the criminal justice system that stresses that every criminal justice conclusion is built on scrupulous information. Due process stresses the adversarial process, the rights of defendant and the rights of the formal decision-making procedure. It is vital to realize that courts allow individuals to defend themselves based on entrapment, self-defense or insanity. These, however, must be proved appropriately to allow courts practice fairness in defenses.
Plea bargaining exist for juvenile and adult offenders. A trial in juvenile court is different from trial in an adult court. A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defense by which the defendant agrees to plead guilty for certain considerations, such as a lenient sentence. They both have this process in courts. In juvenile court a plea bargain hinges on a juvenile's compliance with certain conditions.