cop a plea

cop a plea
Slang for a plea bargain in which an accused defendant in a criminal case agrees to plead guilty or "no contest" to a crime. In return, the prosecutor promises to recommend a lenient sentence, or may agree to drop some of the charges. Often the judge agrees to the recommendation before the plea is entered (becomes final).
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

cop a plea
n.
   slang for a "plea bargain" in which an accused defendant in a criminal case agrees to plead guilty or "no contest" to a crime in return for a promise of a recommendation of leniency in sentencing to be made by the prosecutor to the judge and/or an agreement by the prosecutor to drop some of the charges. Often the judge agrees to the recommendation before the plea is entered (becomes final).
   See also: plea bargain

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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