January 21, 2020 Ethics

Prosecutor’s Obligations in Negotiating a Misdemeanor Guilty Plea

Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal

The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued an advisory ethics opinion addressing the ethical obligations of a prosecutor in negotiating guilty pleas for misdemeanor offenses. In Formal Opinion 486 (2019), the standing committee focused on the prosecutor’s ethical obligations when negotiating with an unrepresented person.

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