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FAQs - Client Involvement 

6. I Want To Propose A Plea Bargain. Does My Lawyer Have To Present It To The Prosecutor?

And, Does My Attorney Have To Tell Me About The Prosecutor's Counter-Proposal?

Like the decision about whether to go to trial, decisions about whether to offer or accept plea bargains are for client to make. To enforce this right, defense attorneys are ethically required to:

Relay their clientís offer to plead to the prosecutor; and
Relay the prosecutorís offer to accept a particular plea to their client.

It doesnít matter that the defense attorney believes the clientís offer wonít be accepted, or that the prosecutorís offer is unacceptable.

 
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