Gwennatra Jackson
April 16, 2012

      Do You Agree or Disagree with the Plea Bargain
A plea bargain 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 charges.   Plea bargains are used in several legal cases. Many may or may not agree with plea bargains, which may cause several conflicts in the legal system.
There are many incidents were a plea bargain maybe presented.   Some are presented with plea bargains for several reasons. Trials can take days, weeks or sometimes months while guilty pleas can often be arranged in minutes.   Also, the outcome of any given trial is usually unpredictable but a plea bargain may provide both prosecution and defense with some control over the result.   Other reasons one may accept a plea bargain include getting out of jail, having fewer or less serious charges, avoiding publicity, and other additional stressors that maybe involved with the legal process.
Plea bargains may cause several conflicts in legal matters. Some may agree or disagree with plea bargains based of the situation or case being presented. Values, ethics, and morals may impact ones feelings and beliefs surrounding plea bargains. Others factors that may influence one’s belief surrounding plea bargains may include one’s direct impact concerning the case being presented.   For example, the family of the person being prosecuted or charged may view a plea bargain as favorable. On the other hand the family of the victim may view a plea bargain as being unfavorable.
Plea bargaining has mixed benefits and penalties for defendants who decide to do so. In some cases, particularly for habitual criminals, plea bargaining often allows them to avoid lengthy prison terms by accepting a plea bargain....