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What Are the Three Types of Plea Deals?

What Are the Three Types of Plea Deals?

There are a number of possible outcomes in a criminal case. The case may go to trial and end with a “not guilty” or “guilty” verdict, however most cases will end with a plea deal. In fact, it is estimated that 97% of federal cases and 94% of state cases are resolved with plea bargains. If you are ever charged with a crime, it’s important to understand how plea bargains work. There are three general types of plea deals that can be introduced in a criminal case. Here’s what you need to know:

Charge Bargaining

This type of plea deal can be made when the prosecution is open to negotiating the charges that the defendant will face. For example, let’s say a defendant is charged with assault in the first degree. The prosecution may agree to reduce the charges to assault in the second degree as long as the defendant is willing to plead guilty to this crime. This is probably the most common type of plea deal that is made in criminal court.

Sentence Bargaining

The second type of plea deal involves the negotiation of the defendant’s sentence. If the defendant agrees to plead guilty to the crime he has been charged with, the prosecution will ensure the defendant is given a lighter sentence.

When making this type of deal, the prosecution must consider what the judge will think of the agreement. This is because all plea deals must be approved by the judge presiding over the case. If the judge believes the sentence offered by the prosecution is too light, he may reject the deal.

Fact Bargaining

Fact bargaining is not used in criminal cases very often, but it’s still important to understand how this type of deal works. When this type of deal is made, it means the defendant has agreed to admit to certain facts related to his involvement with the crime. This benefits the prosecution since they will no longer have to provide evidence to prove these facts. In exchange for this admission, the prosecution will agree not to present other evidence in court that could be used to prove the defendant’s guilt.

If you have been accused of committing a crime, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Do not accept a plea deal without speaking to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys first. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

The Basics of Plea Deals

The Basics of Plea Deals

There is no clear data that shows how many cases are resolved through plea deals, but it is estimated that around 90-95% of federal and state cases are. Because there is a high likelihood that you will be offered a plea deal if you are charged with a crime, it’s important to understand exactly what this means.

What is a plea deal?

Plea deals, which are also known as plea bargains, are agreements made between the prosecutor and defendant. The defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest in exchange for the prosecutor dropping charges, reducing charges, or recommending a lower sentence to the judge.

When are plea deals made?

A plea deal can be made at any time during the court proceedings, although negotiations usually begin in the early stages of the process. Either side can initiate a conversation about a plea bargain, but if it’s the defendant’s idea, the prosecutor must be willing to make a deal in order for it to happen. Also, most plea deals are not finalized until a judge has approved of the agreement.

Why do prosecutors and defendants make plea bargains?

Prosecutors offer plea deals so they can save the time and money needed to take a case to trial. Making a plea deal also saves them from dealing with the uncertainty that comes with trying a case before a jury.

Accepting a plea bargain may be a good idea for a defendant depending on the details of the case. If there is a lot of evidence against the defendant, taking a plea bargain may be beneficial. Defendants can also avoid the high cost of a trial by taking a plea bargain. However, it’s important to note that you should never agree to a plea deal without first talking to an attorney. A criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you on whether accepting a plea bargain is a wise move in your case.

What are the consequences of a plea deal?

Pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain will result in a criminal conviction on your record. The conviction will appear just as it would if you had been found guilty by a jury. This means the conviction could affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to find employment or housing in the future.

If you have been charged with a crime, don’t make any decisions regarding how you will plead until you have consulted with an attorney. Our criminal defense attorneys will review your case to determine whether it is better to accept a plea deal or take your case to trial. Schedule a free consultation with Reisch Law Firm today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.