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The United States The vast majority of US criminal cases are not settled by a jury, but rather by plea bargain. Both prosecutors[?] and defendants often have a strong interest in resolving the criminal case by negotiation.
Blanton v. City of North Las Vegas In Blanton v. City of North Las Vegas[?] (US-1989) it was ruled: "offenses for which the maximum period of incarceration is six months, or less, are presumptively petty...a defendant can overcome this, and become entitled to a jury trial,..by showing that additional penalties [such as monetary fines]...are...so severe [as to indicate] that the legislature clearly determined that the offenese is a serious one."