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Potential Court-Imposed Penalties for a Criminal Conviction

If you are found guilty and convicted of a crime in Woodbury, it typically falls on the court to pass sentence in your case. The judge will impose the sentence at a sentencing hearing, in accordance with certain statutory guidelines (including mandatory maximums and minimums). The type and length of a post-conviction sentence could depend upon a variety of different factors, including the nature of the charge and the accused’s prior criminal record (if any).

The Woodbury criminal defense lawyers at JS Defense, PA, understand the potential penalties that a sentencing judge could impose against you upon conviction. An experienced attorney could represent you at your sentencing hearing before a judge and work to minimize or eliminate the potential penalties upon conviction. A lawyer could also work with the state prosecutor handling your case and attempt to negotiate a favorable plea deal that the prosecutor could recommend to the sentencing judge. 

Give us a call today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you with your criminal legal matter. 

Types of Potential Penalties for a Conviction

In order for a judge to assess a criminal penalty against you, you must first be found guilty and convicted of the underlying criminal offense. Depending upon the seriousness of the charge and other factors, a judge could impose one or more of the following criminal penalties against you:

  • Incarceration 
  • Monetary fines
  • Supervised or unsupervised probation
  • Parole
  • Community service

Factors that Determine the Penalty Imposed by the Court

There are certain factors which dictate the type of penalty that a judge may impose. With most criminal charges, there is a maximum penalty that a judge may impose against you if you are ultimately convicted of the charge. Generally speaking, felony convictions carry more significant penalties than misdemeanor convictions. Also, violent criminal offenses that involve robbery, sexual abuse, or domestic violence carry higher penalties than convictions for crimes that involve property only, such as theft. 

In addition, depending upon the underlying criminal charge, subsequent offenders can be given longer sentences or have additional penalties assessed against them by a sentencing judge. An experienced Woodbury criminal defense lawyer can be your advocate at a sentencing hearing and could argue for a lighter penalty on your behalf. 

Speak to a Woodbury Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Criminal convictions can have extremely serious short and long-term consequences. In addition to the penalties that a sentencing judge could impose against you, a conviction could also result in a criminal record that ultimately impacts your personal and professional relationships later in life. 

The experienced attorneys at JS Defense, PA, can assist you at your sentencing hearing, negotiate for a plea deal with the prosecuting attorney who is handling your case, and recommend to the judge that a lighter criminal sentence be imposed in your case. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Woodbury criminal defense attorney, call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information. 

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