It’s not uncommon for those who’ve been accused of crime to plead guilty, only to later regret it. Whether it’s because of an unpredictably stiff sentence or “buyer’s remorse,” many defendants believe—rightly or wrongly—that they got a raw deal.
Courts treat plea agreements between prosecutors and defendants like contracts: To fail to stick to one is to breach it. But if the parties haven’t finalized the agreement in court, the prosecution might be able to back out of it. (For information on related topics see, How Judges Accept and Reject