Thu 18 Oct, 2012 07:35 pm
A person may commit a crime, say for example, Grand Larceny. The district attorney may find it a difficult case to prosecute or have limited resources to prosecute crimes and may decide to drop the charge to say, Petit Larceny.
At that point (I think) the person must stand in front of the judge and attest to his/her crime in detail. The purpose is to provide a public acknowledgement of responsibility and an assurance that the plea is true.
But how could it be when the person is pleading to a crime different than the one he committed.
If you are pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, you don't have to do that.
A defendant may also enter an "Alford" plea, which means he is pleading guilty not because he believes he is guilty, but because he believes the prosecutor has enough evidence to convict him of the crime.