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[plee-bahr-gin] /ˈpliˌbɑr gɪn/
verb (used without object)
to engage in plea bargaining.
verb (used with object)
to deal with or achieve by plea bargaining:
to plea-bargain a reduced sentence.
the agreement arrived at as a result of plea bargaining.
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plea-bargainer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plea bargain
  • Well a lot of people can keep their mouths shut till they get caught and plea bargain.
  • Now a plea bargain or even the dismissal of all charges against him seems likely.
  • In fact, his trial counsel negotiated an excellent plea bargain for him.
  • The prosecutor may also dismiss a charge as part of a plea bargain or diversion program.
  • Charges are often dropped or reduced as a result of a plea bargain.
  • It will be the duty of the court to ensure that the plea bargain was entered into voluntarily by the parties.
  • Nevertheless, there also may be negative consequences to a plea bargain.
  • Neither the lawyer or the judge mentioned that in accepting a plea bargain, he could be deported.
  • The defendant was invited to sit with the city attorney and plea bargain.
  • There can be no plea bargain to an illegal sentence.
plea bargain in Culture

plea bargain definition

An agreement that permits a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of pleading not guilty to a more serious one. Plea bargaining is usually undertaken by a prosecutor to obtain important information from a defendant or to avoid a long and costly trial.

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