What to Expect at Sentencing and Post-Trial

Being involved in a criminal case is stressful, no matter how good your representation might be. If you plead out, the sentencing will happen right after you change your plea. If you had a trial, the sentencing phase starts after the trial's conclusion and the reading of a verdict. Knowing what to expect during this crucial stage can help alleviate some of the anxiety that comes from the uncertainty of this situation. 

In Massachusetts, during the sentencing, a judge will consider the severity of the crime, your criminal record, if any, and the circumstances related to your case. The judge may impose fines, probation, or incarceration. She could also impose a combination of those penalties. Defendants often have the opportunity to speak during sentencing, and when we represent you, we will ensure that your truth is heard..

If a jail sentence (“committed sentence” as it is called) is imposed, you will likely be taken into custody right in the courtroom after the hearing. You will be taken to the jail or, if you are in Superior Court, the state prison, and will go through the process of intake and security classification. While incarcerated, you will have the opportunity to participate in various rehabilitation programs, which often result in a reduction in sentence when they are completed. Post-release, parole, and reentry services support your transition back into society, aiming for rehabilitation and reduced reoffending rates. 

Factors Considered in Sentencing

When determining the appropriate sentence, the judge will consider several factors. These factors include the severity of the crime, the defendant's criminal history, the circumstances surrounding the case, and any harm caused to the victim or society.  This is an opportunity for your lawyer to make the court see you as a real person, with a history and a future.  There are always things that need to be highlighted that a court needs to consider, that only a good defense lawyer will bring to the court’s attention in the right way.

Post-Trial Process and Appeals

After sentencing, options may be still available to challenge the case’s outcome. This can include filing an appeal, if there were legal errors at your trial; seeking a new trial, if there is newly discovered evidence; or seeking a revised sentence if there is information that wasn’t presented to the Court at the sentencing.  However, these options can be limited by strict time deadlines, and stringent evidentiary requirements. Since there are so many options, it's important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand the best course of action for your situation.  The best way to ensure a fair and successful sentencing is to be represented by an experienced, skilled and knowledgeable defense lawyer.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side during the sentencing and post-trial process is crucial to the outcome of your case. They can advocate for your rights, present your side of the story, and guide you through the complex legal proceedings to a successful outcome.

Contact H. Ernest Stone Today

Lead attorney H. Ernest Stone has experience in multiple criminal defense areas. From automobile-related crimes like DUIs and DWIs to drug and violent crimes and more, Stone has the experience you need on your side during this time. 

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Massachusetts, having a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney by your side is important. Contact H. Ernest Stone, Attorney PC, today for a free consultation. Let us fight for your rights and help you navigate through the complex criminal justice system.

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