Common Questions About Connecticut Criminal Sentencing
The possibility of going to jail causes a great deal of stress to individuals
accused of committing criminal offenses, and understandably so. If you
are currently facing this situation, we at Tomeo Sills, LLC wish to make
this experience as less overwhelming as possible by helping you learn
what to expect. We have compiled the following list of frequently asked
questions about criminal sentencing. We hope you find this page informative
as you prepare for criminal sentencing.
Become Informed About Criminal Sentencing & Your Options.
What different things can a person expect when being sentenced for a crime?
Felonies and misdemeanors each carry a range of sentences. When going into
sentencing, your attorney and the state attorney will agree on a sentence
recommendation. The judge will generally accept this sentence recommendation
unless it is unreasonable. Unless your case goes to trial, you should
have a clear idea of the kind of sentence you can expect to get.
Do the differences in judges, courthouses, and prosecutors affect the outcome
of a case?
Yes, it can affect the outcome of your case. Every prosecutor and judge
approaches cases differently. Over the years, our firm has had the chance
to know every judge and prosecutor in every criminal court. We know which
judges tend to be more lenient when it comes to jail time. We tailor our
approach with this in mind.
Can the judge impose a combination of sentences?
Yes, a judge can issue a “split sentence,” which is a short
period of incarceration followed by probation and certain conditions.
An individual may be ordered to complete community service, enroll in
an inpatient rehab program, pay a fine, or make a charitable contribution.
Can repeat offenses elevate the penalty for a crime from fines to prison?
Yes, this can happen. If, for example, a person is caught driving without
a license, they are generally ordered to pay a fine. But if the person
is caught driving without a license three times, he or she may spend a
maximum of 90 days behind bars.
Are there any alternative options to serving prison time?
Yes, accused individuals have options. It may take many rounds of negotiations
with prosecutors to reach a plea agreement. Should you choose to be represented
by our firm, we may suggest paying a larger fine, probation or submitting
to an inpatient treatment program in order to avoid serving prison time.
Is it possible to enter a house arrest program instead of going to jail?
Yes, it is possible for electronic monitoring to be ordered instead of
jail time. This is a feasible alternative to incarceration. It may also
be ordered as pre-trial monitoring if you are released on bond.
Can having a Connecticut criminal defense attorney help get my jail time reduced?
Yes, having legal representation can be essential in regard to obtaining
a favorable outcome. Should you choose to be represented by our law firm,
we may be able to obtain a suspended sentence or probation instead of
Are payment plans available for fines?
Generally speaking, payment plans are not available for fines. Courts expect
fines to be paid in full, all at once. In some cases, a judge may allow
for additional time to pay a fine. You may be given 30 to 60 days to pay
the fine. Failure to pay the fine may lead to a warrant for your arrest.
Have Questions? Give Tomeo Sills, LLC a Call Without Delay.
If you have more questions about criminal sentencing,
our team of Connecticut criminal defense attorneys can provide you with the answers
you need. Collectively, we have
45 years of solid experience. We have the well-versed knowledge and insight required to handle even
the most challenging kinds of cases.
Please get in touch with our firm to discuss your questions and concerns.