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There are many different kinds of plea bargains, and whether taking one is right for your situation depends on a variety of factors. Usually, plea bargains offer reduced charges or a lighter sentence in exchange for not having to go through trial. A plea bargain is a good idea in a lot of situations but not always, and remember, even with a plea bargain you may still have a criminal record if the deal requires you to plead guilty or no contest. Sometimes you may be able to avoid a criminal record if the terms of the plea bargain allow for it. You should explore all the options with an experienced attorney before you decide whether to take a plea bargain. Contact a criminal defense lawyer in your area for more information.