Criminal Sentencing

When a person is convicted of a serious offense, his or her penalty will often include incarceration in a jail or prison. The underlying belief is that the loss of one's freedom for a time period is an appropriate debt paid to society as redress for the harm done in the commission of a criminal act. There are few firm requirements for sentencing, and the imposition of this penalty is left at the discretion of the judge presiding over the case.

Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis has the skills and experience necessary to help you mount a vigorous defense. Moreover, by effectively plea bargaining he may be able to limit the likelihood that you will have to face an excessively harsh sentence. To learn more, contact Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

Mandates and Flexibility

Factors that may be considered in sentencing include:

  • The nature and severity of the crime
  • Political and media pressure or attention
  • If the accused is a first-time offender or habitual criminal
  • Evaluation of statements by the victim, victim's family, and the defendant

For some offenses, there are statutorily imposed minimum sentences which judges are required to impose them regardless of any other pertinent details or facts of the case. But most of the time, a justice will be expected to utilize his or her professional expertise and informed opinion to select an appropriate sentence among those presented by statute. A crime may have a 1 - 3 year sentence, for example, and the judge has latitude to decide upon a punishment that range.

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If you are on the verge of a criminal prosecution, then you have no time to waste. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

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