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Sentencing in Criminal Cases

The proper legal punishment for a person who has been convicted of a crime through a jury verdict, plea bargain or guilty plea is determined at the sentencing phase of the trial.

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The penalties of a criminal conviction may include:

  • Fines;
  • Jail or prison sentence;
  • Probation;
  • Suspended sentence, which takes effect if terms of probation are violated;
  • Restitution, which is paid to the crime victim;
  • Community service; and
  • Drug or alcohol treatment programs.

Considerations of Sentencing

In cases involving minor misdemeanors and less serious crimes, the judge usually imposes a sentence immediately after a conviction or guilty plea. In more serious and complex criminal cases, the judge may consider input from the prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer and probation department before deciding on an appropriate sentence.

The judge will generally also take into account punishments and sentencing ranges noted in state statutes and factors related to each specific case. These factors may include:

  • The defendant’s criminal history, or lack thereof;
  • The nature of the crime, how it was committed and the impact it had on the victims;
  • The defendant’s personal, economic and social circumstances; and
  • The defendant’s expression of regret or remorse for the crime.

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Speak With a Criminal Defense Lawyer about Your Case

If you have been arrested and face prosecution for a crime, contact a local criminal defense lawyer right away. Speak with an attorney about the circumstances of your case and explain your criminal charges.

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The above summary of sentencing in a criminal case is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information on sentencing issues, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.

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