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cop a plea

1. To plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid a trial or a more severe punishment. If you don't want to go to jail, I think your best option here is to cop a plea.
2. To give an unsatisfactory explanation for one's actions. He copped a plea about not having the instructions for the project, but I know he was in class the day I gave them out.
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cop a plea

Fig. to plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a more serious charge or lessen time of imprisonment. He copped a plea and got off with only two months in the slammer.
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cop a plea

1. Plead guilty or confess to a crime in exchange for a lighter sentence; also, plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for not being tried for a more serious charge. For example, Arnold decided he was better off copping a plea than facing a jury. [Colloquial; 1920s]
2. Plead for mercy; make excuses. For example, He copped a plea about not knowing his way around. [Slang; c. 1940]
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cop a plea

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone cops a plea, they agree to plead guilty to a crime to avoid a trial for a more serious crime. The lawyer advised him not to fight but to cop a plea.
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cop a plea

engage in plea bargaining. North American
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cop a ˈplea

(American English, informal) admit in court to being guilty of a small crime in the hope of receiving less severe punishment for a more serious crime: My lawyer told me that I should cop a plea and go for 10 years, instead of 25 years to life.
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cop a plea

tv. to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Rocko copped a plea and got off with a week in the slammer.
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cop a plea

To plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid standing trial for a more serious charge.
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As plea bargaining would represent a departure from traditional practices and the implications for the courts and society remain to be seen, there could be difficulties in its implementation, Medwed said.
Plea bargaining is also almost entirely unregulated.
Given caseload pressures, courts treat plea bargains as an efficient way to resolve cases and achieve satisfactory outcomes for both sides.
Despite the imbalance of power, courts persist in treating plea bargaining more or less as a matter of private contract like "any other bargained-for exchange.
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the plea bargaining regime and inject the popular participation missing
factual basis for the guilty plea and reviews the terms of the plea
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ubiquity of plea bargaining in the modern criminal justice system:
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preparation with a more practical aim: to buttress the plea agreement.
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