9 - What is a plea offer or plea bargain?
A plea bargain is an offer extended by the prosecutor in which the prosecutor agrees to reduce the charges against you in exchange for your guilty plea. Only prosecutor can extend a plea offer. The judge cannot make the prosecutor extend a plea offer and the judge cannot make the prosecutor change the plea offer. However, a good Phoenix criminal defense attorney will often negotiate on your behalf to ensure that the prosecutor extends the most favorable plea bargain available. In order to ensure a favorable plea bargain, a good Phoenix criminal defense attorney will thoroughly investigate the case for holes, omissions, and other constitutional violation and attack the state’s case for weaknesses. A good criminal defense attorney will also present any mitigating evidence on your behalf and a criminal defense attorney experienced in Phoenix sex crimes may submit a psychosexual evaluation when applicable.