7. Plea Bargaining
In this process, the prosecutor and defense attorney negotiate a mutually satisfactory disposition of the case. The judge does not participate in the plea bargaining process, but must approve the proposed plea agreement. The defendant and the prosecutor must both approve the plea bargain. If all parties accept the plea bargain, and the defendant enters a plea of guilt, the next step is the defendant’s sentencing.
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