Plea Of Guilty To Non Capital Offense
Sec. 4. Plea of guilty to non-capital offense; reception of evidence, discretionary. – When the accused pleads guilty to a non-capital offense, the court may receive evidence from the parties to determine the penalty to be imposed.
WHAT SHOULD THE COURT DO WHEN THE ACCUSED PLEADS GUILTY TO A NON-CAPITAL OFFENSE?
> The court may receive evidence from the parties to determine the penalty to be imposed
> Unlike in a plea of guilty to a capital offense, the reception of evidence in this case is not mandatory
> It is merely discretionary on the court