Sentencing is a complex and multifaceted part of the legal system, but one that is extremely important to anyone who is tried for a crime. Sentencing is often the most anticipated part of the trial after a verdict, as it dictates the punishment that will be handed down to the person who has been convicted.

Types of Sentencing

The sentence is always determined by the crime and the defendant’s history. There are a few different forms a sentence can take, particularly with regards to incarceration.

  • A minimum or maximum sentence is the smallest or largest punishment the court is allowed to hand out in that circumstance.
  • Concurrent sentences are sentences that can occur at the same time, such as staying in jail for a certain amount of time to fulfill both sentences at once.
  • Consecutive sentences happen one after the other.
  • A fixed sentence is being sentenced for a set amount of time, whereas an indeterminate sentence simply sets an upper and lower boundary between which the punishment must ultimately be.
  • A deferred sentence means the sentenced is postponed until a time in the future.

All of these can occur in various situations, so it important to understand sentencing.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense, it is important to get professional legal help as soon as possible. The Law Offices of J. Bradley Cockrell can help you understand potential sentencing, and find the right approach to your case.

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