Is a plea agreement that is signed by a judge and the DA legally binding?

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Is a plea agreement that is signed by a judge and the DA legally binding?

Asked on September 25, 2011 under Criminal Law, Colorado

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A plea agreement is usually not binding until it is finalized by the judge. Plea agreements are a result of plea bargaining between the criminal defendant's counsel and the prosecution. The point of a plea agreement is to get through the maze of the court system in a more efficient manner. Plea bargains usually help both sides when the evidence is irrefutable and the court dockets are full.  If the court clerk has now entered it into the system, you should have a legal copy or your counsel should have a legal copy and now you must abide by the plea agreement at this point.


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