Abuse of Discretion

Abuse of Discretion

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In the criminal justice system, police, prosecutors, judges, and the jury are often able to exercise a degree of discretion in deciding who will be subject to criminal penalties and how they will be punished. For example, the police officer may decide whom to formally arrest for an offense. For a traffic violation, a police officer may simply issue a warning. A prosecutor may choose to pursue the same or different charges against the person a police officer has arrested. Discretion gives the prosecutor the power to dismiss a case against an arrestee based on factors such as the probability of conviction, the nature of the offense, the characteristics of the offender, and availability of adequate civil remedies. Plea bargaining also plays a major role in determining charges.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 91g
  • Volutpress
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 613625848X
  • 9786136258485