I have a friend who was recently notified that she had until Saturday to accept or reject a plea bargain. She plans to accept. It will come with jail time. She was so shocked/surprised/nervous when she got the call from her lawyer that she didn't ask an obvious question, so I pose it to you guys: If she accepts it, say, on Saturday, when is the earliest/most probable time that she would go to jail? She was thinking there has to be a 'trial' or at least a court proceeding for it to be official, but isn't the whole point of a plea bargain to avoid a trial? If so, what would the norm/average be here?
She is talking to her lawyer tomorrow afternoon I believe, but I was hoping I could perhaps get some idea here just for the sake of my nerves.
Thank you very much in advance.