What types of punishment do I face if convicted of a crime?
Sentencing can vary depending on the location of the case, the crime, the judge, and other specifics of the criminal case. In some cases a punishment for a particular crime is governed by the federal sentencing guidelines, and the judge does not have a big impact on determining the punishment. In other cases, the sentence is up to the judge’s discretion, who will take a variety of factors into account when determining a convicted offender’s punishment.
The most common punishments for a criminal conviction include: incarceration (in jail, prison, or another detention facility), punitive fines, restitution (compensation to the victim), probation, and community service or work detail. There are a variety of other penalties that may be more specific to the criminal case. For example, if you are convicted of an OWI or DWI you may be required to attend an OWI school or a drug/alcohol treatment program, have a Breathalyzer installed in your vehicle, face driving sanctions, and more. It is best to discuss the specifics of your case with a qualified attorney. In Southeastern Michigan, call attorney Tim Klisz at (313) 402-0853. You can also Contact the Firm using the secure form.