Judges allow defendants to withdraw guilty pleas in only limited situations.
Ineffective Representation in Plea Bargains
People are often unhappy with their lawyers' performance, particularly when it comes to plea bargaining. Learn what has to happen to win an argument that your lawyer's failures got you a bad outcome.
Pleading Guilty While Saying You're Innocent
Some defendants maintain their innocence but want to plead guilty to avoid trial. Learn about their options here.
Conditional Pleas and Appealing After Pleading Guilty
Defendants can sometimes plead guilty, and appeal nevertheless.
Many cynics argue that like laws and sausages, plea bargains are best made out of public view. Read on and make up your own mind.
Why Judges and Prosecutors Engage in Plea Bargaining
Moving cases along, and making sure that there's room in the jails and prisons for truly bad actors, are two reasons why plea bargaining is part of the system.
Pleading Guilty: What Happens in Court
Once the deal is worked out, the prosecution and defense will arrange a court hearing and inform the judge about the agreement.
How Judges Accept and Reject Plea Deals
The short answer is yes.
What Does Pleading No Contest Mean?
A nolo contendere plea—also called a no contest plea—is a lot like a guilty plea; it carries the same fundamental consequences but not the official admission of guilt.