Plea bargains are a way that the majority of criminal and non-criminal cases are resolved. The percentages around the country hover around the 94% to 95% mark both statewide and federally.
BUT every plea bargain involves a Judge as well. It just doesn't involve your attorney and the DA (or assistant DA). Some Judges will give their blessing to any deal that is struck between the government and the person charged. Some Judges get very involved in the process and carefully review every deal as to fairness and justice. Some place their own bias and prejudice onto every deal.
Throughout the state of New York there is wide latitude on not only punishments but the Judges dishing them out. Legal punishments are in the ultimate discretion of the local Judges. They are elected to their positions. Depending on your location these punishments vary from place to place.
Watch this video to see why knowing the players are as important (if not more important) as knowing the game!
Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.
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