Defining Plea Negotiations
There are almost as many definitions as there are terms to describe plea negotiations. This chapter examines the language that has been used to describe negotiated guilty pleas in order to highlight the diversity of victims, perpetrators, outcomes and consequences associated with plea negotiations and the need to adopt an appropriate definition that can adequately reflect this. It also identifies the four most common forms of plea negotiation present in the data collected in the study informing the book, including the withdrawal and substitution of charges, amendments to the agreed summary of facts, rolling up or creating representative counts and agreements on the sentencing submissions made to the court.
KeywordsPlea negotiations Plea bargaining Victims Plea deals Charges Sentencing
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