Sentencing is part of the court procedure which follows a criminal defendant being convicted of or pleading guilty. The judge will decide on the punishment during the sentencing that is appropriate for the crime.¹ There are a variety of different kinds of punishment that may be imposed on a convicted criminal defendant¹:
- Short- and long-term jail or prison sentences;
- Suspended sentence;
- Payment of restitution to the victim;
- Community services;
- Drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
- Their criminal history;
- The nature of the crime, the manner it was committed, and the impact;
- The defendant's personal, economic, and social circumstances;
- Regret or remorse expressed by the defendant.
1. FindLaw. Sentencing Overview. Retrieved on May 12, 2014, from http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-procedure/sentencing-overview.html