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If a person has been convicted of a crime, the details of their punishment are determined during the sentencing phase. This is true regardless of whether the conviction arose through jury verdict, judge’s verdict, guilty plea, or plea bargain. In many cases, sentencing occurs very quickly after conviction, but it some cases dealing with serious felonies the judge will take time to get input from different parties involved with the trial.

Sentencing varies greatly depending on the severity of the crime, state or national statutes, defendant’s history, the nature of the crime, and many other factors. Having good representation, like the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, can help an individual convicted with a crime get the best sentencing deal possible.

Forms of Punishment

Sentencing can result in many different forms of punishment, including:

  • Incarceration
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Drug or alcohol rehabilitation
  • Payment of restitution
  • Community service

A judge may consider special circumstances when sentencing a convicted defendant. Some of these considerations may include:

  • The nature of the crime
  • Injury to victims
  • Whether or not defendant has a criminal history
  • Remorse
  • Personal or socio-economic circumstances of the defendant

One service that qualified defense attorneys provide for their clients is attempting to persuade judges to consider mitigating factors during sentencing.

Contact Us

If you have been charged or convicted of a crime and are concerned with receiving fair sentencing, it is very important that you have the best available legal representation. Even if you have committed a crime, you deserve to protect your rights. Call 713-523-0404 to contact an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyers at Johnson, Johnson & Baer.