ABA Issues Formal Ethics Opinion on Negotiating Plea Bargains for Misdemeanor Offenses

The American Bar Association has issued a formal ethics opinion regarding the obligations of prosecutors in negotiating plea bargains for misdemeanor offenses. The opinion addresses a prosecutor's obligations when negotiating with an unrepresented individual who is or may be entitled to counsel at the time the prosecutor initiates the plea bargaining process for a misdemeanor charge. The opinion also addresses a prosecutor’s duties when plea bargaining with an unrepresented accused on a misdemeanor charge irrespective of whether the accused has invoked the right to counsel. Read the full opinion here.
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