plea bargaining

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Agreement between the prosecuting and defense attorneys to resolve a case without trial. Under this arrangement, the accused party changes its plea from 'not guilty' to 'guilty' or agrees to testify against an accomplice, in exchange for a less severe punishment or dismissal of some charges. The court and the accused, however, must approve any such settlement.

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The accused asked their attorney to pursue any plea bargaining with the court on their behalf to keep from going to trial.
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The defense attorney engaged in plea bargaining to do everything he could for his client but that action was only partially successful.
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I did not want to go to court and receive a sentence, so I looked into what plea bargaining was and decided to go that route.
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