What is a negotiated or plea agreement?
A plea agreement is when both sides (the prosecution and the defense) have agreed that the defendant will voluntarily give up his right to a trial and admit his guilt by pleading guilty to the criminal charge(s) before the judge. In doing so, the defendant will be agreeing to all the conditions set out in the agreed upon plea agreement. The Judge can either accept the plea agreement or reject it. If the defendant pleas guilty there would not be a trial to determine guilt or innocence. Victims of violent crime who wish to present a victim impact statement to the court would need to be present at the time of the plea in court.

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1. What is a public defender or defense attorney?
2. Who is the defendant/offender?
3. What is a bond hearing?
4. What is the difference between a criminal case and civil case?
5. What is a preliminary hearing?
6. What is a Grand Jury?
7. What is an indictment?
8. What is an arraignment?
9. What is a pre-trial ?
10. How can an offender plea not guilty if he/she made a statement to the police or there are witnesses to the crime?
11. Who decides if the defendant pleas guilty or request a trial?
12. What is the purpose of a trial?
13. What is a sentencing hearing?
14. What is a public defender or defense attorney? Who is the defendant/offender? What is a bond hearing? What is the difference between a criminal case
15. What is a negotiated or plea agreement?
16. What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
17. What happens if the defendant is sentenced to the Department of Corrections (prison)?
18. How much actual time will a defendant serve on his incarceration sentence in the Department of Corrections (prison)?