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An Overview of the 11(c)(1)c Plea in Federal Court

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you been charged with a federal crime? Are you considering entering a plea in court? If so, you may have heard of the 11(c)(1)c plea. This type of plea is an agreement between a defendant and the prosecutor. It involves the defendant pleading guilty to a lesser crime or to only some of the charges against them. In this article, we'll break down what an 11(c)(1)c plea is, how it works, and when it might be beneficial for a defendant facing federal criminal charges.

What Is an 11(c)(1)c Plea?

An 11(c)(1)c plea is an agreement between a defendant and the prosecutor that allows the defendant to plead guilty to either fewer or less serious charges than they are originally accused of. This type of plea can be beneficial for both parties as it can reduce or even eliminate jail time for the defendant while still allowing the prosecution to obtain a conviction. The agreement states that in exchange for pleading guilty to fewer charges, the government agrees not to pursue certain other counts or enhance any potential sentence.

How Does an 11(c)(1)c Plea Work?

In order for an 11(c)(1)c plea to be accepted by a court, both parties must agree on all aspects of the agreement. This includes what crimes will be dropped from the indictment and what sentences will be imposed on those that remain. Once both parties have agreed on all aspects of the deal, they must present it to the court for approval. In order for it to be accepted by the court, both sides must demonstrate that there is sufficient evidence against each specific charge being pled and that no constitutional rights were violated during its investigation or prosecution.  Once accepted by the court, the terms of the plea – including a specified sentence – become binding on the court.

When Might An 11(c)(1)c Plea Be Beneficial?

An 11(c)(1)c plea may be beneficial if you are facing multiple counts or serious charges with long sentences attached. By entering into this type of plea bargain, you may receive reduced sentencing or avoid jail time altogether depending on your circumstances. Furthermore, this type of plea allows you to maintain some control over your case rather than leaving your fate entirely up to a judge or jury at trial. Ultimately, deciding whether or not this type of plea bargain is right for you will depend on your individual circumstances and should always include consultation with experienced legal counsel before making any final decisions about how best to proceed with your case.

In summary, an 11 (c)(1)c plea is an agreement between a defendant and prosecutor that allows defendants facing federal criminal charges to plead guilty to fewer charges than originally alleged against them in exchange for reduced sentencing options from prosecutors who agree not to pursue certain other counts in their case. While this type of plea can provide benefits such as reduced jail time and greater control over one's own case, ultimately deciding whether it is right for you depends upon careful consideration of one's individual circumstances. To ensure that one makes fully informed decisions about their case , consultation with experienced legal counsel should always occur prior to making any final decisions about how best proceed with their case .

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Ann Fitz

Attorney Ann Fitz Attorney Ann Fitz has 20 years of experience as a federal criminal attorney and appellate practice attorney.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 2003 and started her own federal criminal defense practice in 2007.  She is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused in f...


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