You cannot be automatically convicted of a crime after getting arrested or charged. You are convicted of a criminal offense in the Central Valley either by entering a plea of guilty voluntarily before the Court, or being found guilty by a jury or a judge in a trial.
Once you are convicted, the Court will issue a sentence that is appropriate for the offense. Sentencing can vary depending on your background and the specific facts surrounding the crime. This is beneficial because it means there is plenty of room for negotiation. However, in order to successfully negotiate your sentence, you need to have an experienced and aggressive Central Valley criminal defense attorney on your side.
- Sentencing options under California law include:
- Jail time
- Community service
- Rehabilitation classes
The Court has the option to combine one or more of these options to issue a final sentence. If you have hired an experienced Central Valley criminal defense attorney, he may be able to argue and negotiate a sentence that is favorable to you.
Mitigating Factors At Sentencing
An effective criminal defense lawyer will make every effort to encourage leniency on the part of the Court to help you get the most lenient sentence possible. Mitigating factors that are favorable to argue at sentencing include:
- Evidence of your good character and behavior
- Your involvement with the financial support of your family
- Your youth or special conditions, such as health problems
- The attitude or forgiveness of the victim
- Your remorse for the crime you committed
- Rehabilitation issues
- Construction of a reasonable plan for restitution
The bottom line is that your attorney will need to have an understanding of the underlying problems and the construction of a plan of action to explore various sentencing strategies.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone that you know has been arrested or charged with a crime that you did not commit, it is important that you immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help protect your legal rights and ensure that you have the best defense possible to avoid a criminal conviction.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley criminal defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.