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What Happens During Sentencing?


In some misdemeanor cases, for example a misdemeanor DUI , a judge will usually order sentencing to take place immediately after trial or if the accused has entered a plea of guilty. On the other hand, sentencing may occur several weeks after. It allows time for the probation officer to prepare a thorough and accurate report for the judge.

Once sentencing occurs, however, both prosecution and defense will have a chance to make their arguments at this time. To learn more about the various types of sentencing, continue reading our criminal defense blog below.

Types of Criminal Punishments

For those who have entered a guilty plea or been convicted by a jury of their peers, the accused person is no longer a “defendant,” but is considered a convicted criminal. There are numerous types of punishments you could face in a variety of combinations. It may include being sent to serve a jail or prison sentence, as well as being forced to pay significant fines and probation.

Here are some of the various types of criminal punishments:

  • Community service
  • Incarceration in jail
  • Incarceration in prison
  • Parole and probation
  • House arrest
  • Tracking devices
  • Drug or alcohol rehabilitation
  • Fines to the local, state, or federal government
  • Restitution to victims
  • The death penalty

Keep in mind that in felony cases, a judge will not likely issue sentencing immediately after the trial. There will be an extensive amount of time devoted to reviewing statements from prosecutors, defense attorneys, and probation officers who prepare the pre-sentencing report. Many other factors can also play a role in sentencing, such as whether or not the defendant has a history of criminal acts.

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Appel & Morse is a team of Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys who understand the local, state, and federal laws thoroughly. As you can see, the penalties for any crime, no matter how minor the case may be, can be tremendous. If you have been accused of a crime, it is imperative that you obtain defense as soon as possible.

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