Plea Of Guilty To A Lesser Offense
Sec. 2. Plea of guilty to a lesser offense. – At arraignment, the accused, with the consent of the offended party and prosecutor, may be allowed by the trial court to plead guilty to a lesser offense which is necessarily included in the offense charged. After arraignment but before trial, the accused may still be allowed to plead guilty to said lesser offense after withdrawing his plea of not guilty. No amendment of the complaint or information is necessary.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF THERE IS A PLEA TO A LESSER OFFENSE? WHEN CAN THE ACCUSED PLEAD GUILTY TO A LESSER OFFENSE?
> During arraignment
1. Offended party and prosecutor must be present
2. Lesser offense must necessarily be included in the original offense charged
3. Offended party and prosecutor must consent to such plea
4. If offended party is absent despite due notice, the court may allow accused to plead to a lesser offense
> After arraignment and before trial
1. Withdraw the plea of not guilty
2. Private offended party and prosecutor must give consent to the plea to lesser offense
3. If private offended party is absent despite due notice, court may allow accused to plea to lesser offense
4. Enter plea for the lesser offense