Los Angeles Sentencing Attorney
California Sentencing Laws
If you have been convicted of a crime, California criminal law provides the defense and the prosecutions an opportunity to be heard in regards to sentencing.
Our role as your criminal lawyer is very important during the sentencing hearing. This is where we present any mitigating circumstances to lower your sentence and the prosecution attempts to present aggravating circumstances to keep the sentence as is.
As a defendant, you have the legal right to be present for sentencing, the right to be represented by an attorney and have us present at the sentencing, the right to present evidence, and the right to propose alternative sentencing, and more legal rights you are entitled to that we will discuss with you and explain to you.
Typically, witnesses do not speak at sentencing hearings. However, as with any rule, there are exceptions. Many times, especially in more serious cases, the victim of the case is allowed to give a victim impact statement. The judge will also listen if the defendant wants to say anything or give any type of statement. You need to understand what happens at a sentencing hearing in Los Angeles.
As criminal defense lawyers, we make sure to do everything we can to get you the lowest sentence possible post conviction.
An issue that may arise is if you are convicted of two or more crimes, the judge must decide whether the sentences will run consecutively or concurrently. We will fight to get your sentences to run concurrently, meaning at the same time, to save some years of your life.
There are other factors that play a role in sentencing hearings and we are ready, willing, and available to answer your questions and to be an advocate for you.
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