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Q: During a plea bargaining, if a defendant pleads guilty, is the prosecution still required to submit evidence?

During a plea bargaining, if a defendant pleads guilty, is the prosecution still required to submit evidence and prove guilt of defendant; or, is the guilty plea enough to stand alone as evidence of guilt, even if the prosecution has a weak case?

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: In some cases—particularly serious felonies—the prosecution must produce evidence to corroborate the plea. This is designed to prevent someone from pleading guilty to a crime they did not commit in order to cover for a relative or friend. It is usually perfunctory.

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