Running Head: Plea Bargaining 1
Brandi D. Greenfield
October 22, 2014
Running Head: Plea Bargaining 2
To many there are advantages and disadvantages to plea bargaining. Some may
argue that if you accept a plea bargain you are admitting to the crime that you are being
charged with, even if you are innocent or intend to plead not guilty. There is no true
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The defendant benefits from plea bargaining the most because they will get to
avoid the maximum sentence for the crime that they are alleged to have committed, and
also get to avoid a criminal trial where there is a high uncertainty of what they will be
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charged with and the sentence that they will receive. The prosecution also benefits from
plea bargaining cases, it gives them the ability to deal with the busy caseload that they
have on their plate. The court also benefits greatly from a plea bargain, the biggest reason
is because it takes less time to process a plea bargain then it does a complete trial.
Victims may also benefit from plea bargaining because it gives them the satisfaction of
having the case solved quickly; also the victim or victims may not want to testify due to
the fact that they might not speak well in front of others or are afraid to testify in general.
They also might not want to take the chance that the prosecution does not get a
conviction for the crime that was committed against them. Another benefit of plea
bargaining is the cost is much less than that of a full-blown trial. The disadvantages of
plea bargaining are that the defendant might be innocent, but they will agree to a deal of
pleading guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the chance that they might be found guilty of
said offense at a trial. “Additionally, some attorneys and judges argue that plea
bargaining has led to poor police investigations and attorneys who do not take the time to
properly prepare their cases.” ("Law Info", 1995-2014). There is a selection of
attorney’s and judges that think plea bargaining takes away a persons right to a trial by
jury, because they may have either been coerced to accept a plea agreement; this would
then violate their constitutional right to a trial by jury. It is considered constitutional if the
defendant is fully cooperative...