Sentencing In Criminal Cases: Frequently Asked Questions
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Sentencing: What are some penalties that you may face with a conviction? What does the judge take into consideration when choosing the sentence?
Punishment for a person who has been convicted of a crime through a jury verdict, plea bargain or guilty plea is determined at the time of sentencing.
1. The penalties of a criminal conviction may include:
- Jail or prison sentence
- Suspended sentence, which takes effect if terms of probation are violated
- Restitution, which is paid to the crime victim
- Community service
- Drug or alcohol treatment programs
2. Considerations of sentencing:
The judge will generally 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
- The defendant's expression of regret or remorse for the crime
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, Las Vegas defense attorney Parviz Heshmati may be able to best explain the sentencing process in regard to your charges.
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