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Plea Agreement Definition

An agreement between prosecutor and defendant for the defendant to plead guilty or no-contest to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges. A plea agreement is when the prosecution and the defendant reach an agreement in a plea deal. In exchange for a lower sentence or the dismissal of other charges, the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest to a lesser offense. Prosecutors in some jurisdictions can incorporate binding sentence agreements in plea bargains. Judges have the power to reject plea bargains that are not in the best interests of justice, but they rarely use it.

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