Signed Plea Agreement
The absence of forced prosecutions also gives prosecutors greater discretion, as well as the inability of victims of a private action to bring a private action and their limited ability to influence pleading agreements.  Defendants who are in custody – either not entitled to bail, cannot afford bail or who cannot be released on their own – may be released from prison immediately after the judge accepts a plea.  A Plea Bargain (including Plea Agreement or Plea Deal) is any agreement in criminal proceedings between the prosecutor and the accused, in which the accused agrees to plead guilty or challenge a concession from the prosecutor to a given charge. . . .