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What Is A Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement in which the prosecutor and defendant arrange to settle the criminal case against the defendant.  The defendant pleads guilty or no contest to the charges in exchange for some agreement from the prosecutor as to the sentencing.  In some cases the prosecutor will agree to charge a lesser crime or dismiss some of the charges against the defendant in exchange for a guilty plea.  The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains.