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 The Sills Law Firm 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.
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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 approach 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 of 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 alternate 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 jail time.
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.
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If you have more questions about criminal sentencing, our team of Connecticut criminal defense attorneys near you can provide you with the answers you need. Collectively, we have 20+ years of solid experience. We have the well-versed knowledge and insight required to handle even the most challenging kinds of cases.
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