If you have reached this last phase of an Okmulgee misdemeanor trial, you have finished the trial and are ready for sentencing. Once sentencing is completed, the court process will have been completed.
Learn More About Misdemeanor Sentencing
During sentencing, the judge will issue an order that will state all the components of your sentence. Often, a sentence at the misdemeanor level will have some jail time and possibly a fine. The sentence will break down the time and dictate where any jail time must be served. The sentence will also state the fine amount, if one is ordered.
A judge can order up to one year in the county jail and up to $500 in fines. However, in some cases, the judge may order weekends only, depending on the circumstances of your case. An experienced Okmulgee criminal defense attorney can advocate on your behalf regarding jail time and how that time is spent.
Sometimes, a judge will sentence the defendant as soon as the rest of the trial is done. Other times, the judge will set another date for sentencing. This may happen when a judge wants to get more information about the defendant or hear more from the victim. This is sometimes like having a mini-trial on the issue of sentencing alone.
Having An Attorney Makes A Difference During Sentencing
Sentencing is never a minor issue. A defendant may have to serve half of their sentence before becoming eligible for probation. Also, a sentence can be affected by a defendant’s prior criminal history.
If a defendant has been convicted of a felony before the current court case, the sentence can be stiffer. When the case is a subsequent offense, the matter can be treated as a felony — which necessitates longer jail time and leaves more of a mark on a defendant’s criminal record.
If you want to know more about how sentencing will work in your case, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Most criminal law attorneys are experienced in both felony and misdemeanor criminal defense and will have handled many sentencing hearings.
It is important to know that you are entitled to representation at this part of the proceedings. Having your Okmulgee misdemeanor defense attorney present can make a big difference in the court’s sentence.
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