Pros and Cons of Plea Bargain

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The use of plea bargain has many aspects to it most of them are good but also some of them are bad. Some of the positive outcomes of a plea bargain are less money spent, less time in courts, a considerably low sentence for the defendant and a much faster and productive criminal system. In trials, attorneys make a lot of money and that is good for them but not for their clients. A person can save a lot of money if they reach a plea bargain because lawyer fees range from the hundreds to thousands of dollars and going to trial can get very expensive. The advantage for the defense is that less work is required on their part and they typically receive the same amount of money in return. The court system heavily relies on the use of pleas to keep the system moving and making it more efficient. In cases involving a plea the judge is able to dispose of a case quickly and move on to the next faster than in they went to trial. In terms of jails and prisons plea-bargaining can also reduce the amount of inmate entering the facilities as jail time may have been suspended as a condition of a plea bargain. In terms of the defendant there are many benefits, which entice them to enter into a plea bargain. For example, a defendant who may be facing multiple charges and the potential for years in jail has the opportunity to get multiple charges dropped as well as getting a significantly reduced sentence. Even though there are many benefits to a plea bargain there are also some bad ones like making the court system look soft because it gives the opportunity to give a lower sentence to criminals. Another disadvantage it that even though a judge and prosecutor may have an agreement and a plea bargain worked out, the courts still have to have the final determination and agree with the terms of the plea bargain. If for whatever reason the court rejects the plea then the case will proceed
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