Viewpoint: Plea agreement a trade taken seriously
People often express concerns about plea bargains in criminal cases. They wonder, "Why should a criminal get a bargain? Doesn't anyone take crime seriously?" In fact, everyone in the criminal justice system takes it very seriously.
So what is a plea bargain? It is an agreement made between the prosecutor and the defendant as to how a criminal case will be resolved. It would be more accurately described as a negotiated plea agreement.