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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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Almost every time the Court has declined to impose regulation in the plea bargaining context, it has referenced the fact that "courts will satisfy themselves that pleas of guilty are voluntarily and intelligently made by competent defendants with adequate advice of counsel." (66) So assisted by a defense lawyer, defendants are "presumptively capable of intelligent choice in response to prosecutorial persuasion." (67)
and whether the grand jury could play a role in the regulation of plea
In the past, a reduction of up to a third off the sentence was given for a guilty plea at the "first reasonable opportunity", however this was open to interpretation by judges with some giving the full third credit to offenders who pleaded guilty on the first day of trial.
Plea bargaining is provided under the Plea Bargaining Rules 2018.
In their plea the women contended that Nizamuddin Dargah is a public place and prohibiting women from entering into a shrine is gender discrimination and thus highly unconstitutional.
'For the avoidance of doubt, we ask that the court should order, as part of the sentence, the final forfeiture of all the properties affected in counts one to ten in the further amended charge as reflected in the plea bargain agreement.
Following the rejection of previous plea, counsel of the former premier submitted another petition for fixing early hearing on the bail request on medical grounds.
The same bench rejected the plea against the appointment of Dr Asim as the chairman of the provincial Higher Education Commission.
'Plea bargaining in these 'small-time' or 'low-level' drug cases will result in the prompt and final disposition of cases that in effect will unclog the court dockets and our jails,' he added.
The anti-graft agency has maintained that the final petition for plea bargain will be submitted in the accountability court.
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On Wednesday, the matter was fixed before accountability court-III judge Dr Sher Bano Karim, when the accused persons moved an application pleading to the court to accept their plea bargain signed with the federal anti-graft watchdog authorities in the land scam estimated at around Rs1.57 billion.
Zhen was set free following a plea bargain agreement she entered into with the prosecution team of the Lagos State Government.
ISLAMABAD -- Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday filed a bail plea on medical grounds in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), media reported.