The justice system in the United States demands that people convicted of crimes must serve a fitting and appropriate punishment. In most cases, the amount and type of punishment is in the hands of a judge or jury, and they generally have wide discretion in determining the fate of a person. Some of the most common criminal punishments include:
depending on the crime and mandatory minimums, imprisonment can range from a few hours to life behind bars.
fines are a common way to recover damages caused by the commission of a crime, or to make restitution for pain, suffering, and loss.
• House arrest:
usually favored for low-risk or juvenile criminals.
an extremely common punishment meted out to people who the court believes will abide by conditions set forth rather than serve jail time.
• Death penalty:
the most severe penalty, the death sentence is reserved for only the most extreme cases. There are any number of conditions that must be satisfied, as well as an extensive appeal process.
The single most important factor for a person facing a potentially severe sentence is the knowledge and experience of their attorney. Not every defense attorney is created equal. While all licensed attorneys have a basic grounding in the law, public defenders are often overworked, underpaid, and overwhelmed by complex and confusing cases. An experienced and dedicated defense attorney can make the difference between five years of hard time versus five years suspended sentence.
Our attorneys have years of experience representing thousands of people in criminal case situations just like yours. We can guide you through the entire criminal punishment process, and we can help you make the best of a bad situation. Contact us today.