§ 8.1 I. Introduction
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STATISTICS " CONVICTIONS BY PLEA CONSTITUTE 95%
The vast majority of criminal charges are disposed of through a plea, see BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS, U.S. DEPT OF JUSTICE, SOURCEBOOK OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATISTICS 2003, at 450 tbl.5.46 (2005) (only approximately five percent of all state felony criminal prosecutions go to trial).