if a person agrees to an alpha plea and the sentence offered to them is 3yrs and 4 mos. is the judge obligated to stick with that or can he suspend some or all of the sentence?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: alpha plea
The sentencing judge in a criminal matter is never obligated to accept or be bound by the plea agreement recommended by the prosecutor and accepted by the defendant, be it a so-called Alford plea or otherwise.
However, unless there is a good reason for the judge not to accept it, he or she will normally do so and adopt it as the court's sentencing disposition in the matter.
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