Can a defendant give a plea bargain back after accepting it and signing it?

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Can a defendant give a plea bargain back after accepting it and signing it?

If so, what is the timeline to get it done? And what is needed?

Asked on February 14, 2012 under Criminal Law, Georgia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the defendant in a criminal matter has entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution concerning the charge or charges and there is a change of heart by the defendant where he or she wants to get out of the deal, he or she needs to immediately file a motion with the court setting forth the desire to do so and the reasons.

Such motions are typically not granted and it is suggested that a criminal defense attorney be consulted with to prepare such a motion to change a criminal plea agreement.


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