Al asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

is it true the only time plea deals are offered is when the state has insufficient evidence to convict?

if this is true, why do so many people plead guilty knowing the state has a weak hand

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  • J M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. A lot of criminal attorneys opt for a plea deal if the case is good. They think their client might get a better deal than going to trial. 

  • 1 month ago

    Absent evidence to win on the top count they might offer a plea for a lesser included offense. However, over 90 percent of criminal charges that are not simply dropped go to plea bargain to save the billions of dollars that would be needed to fully prosecute every case in every crime.

    Should be interesting to see how many "Capitol rioters" are actually charged, let alone convicted on any plea bargains, rather than simply executed on the spot.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Totally false. Trials are time consuming and expensive and the prosecutors have an ethical obligation to attempt to resolve the case. More importantly, they have an obligation to dismiss a case if there is insufficient evidence. 

  • 1 month ago

    No.  Plea deals are often offered simply because the state has sufficient evidence against more criminals than it has the resources (prosecutors, judges, courtrooms, money, etc.) to bring to trial.  Plea deals are often offered even when the state is certain of conviction, but doesn't want to put in the effort or wants to save resources for other cases.

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  • 1 month ago

    NO. In  fact, most plea deals are offered for the SOLE purpose of saving the cost of a trial.

  • 1 month ago

    it could be true

  • 1 month ago

    Not true, most the time a plea bargain is offered to the suspect to gain the confession, save time, and it is explained to the suspect that being found guilty could get more years added on to the sentence.

    Plea bargains are offered if the prosecution has an iron clad case and the suspect and his/her lawyer knows it

    If you plead guilty to manslaughter instead of going to trial and being found guilty of 2nd degree murder you could avoid 5 to 10 years more time in prison (example).

    Trust me the prosecutor has a strong case in plea deals

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    From what I've heard it's just the opposite.  If their case against the defendant is air tight, they may offer a plea deal for a lesser sentence.  If they have no case, it's unlikely that they'll even pursue charges at all.   

  • FitWit
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    No that is not true. Most of the time prosecutors will offer a plea deal to save the time and expense of nailing down all the evidence. On some charges with insufficient evidence, prosecutors will bluff with a plea deal. That is a very small number of cases. 

  • Matt
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    either that or they don't want to go through a protracted court case 

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