There are several factors a judge considers when determining if a jail sentence is appropriate. Take a closer look at a few of the specific variables that might come into play in your case.
How serious is the crime?
If you are convicted of a violent felony, you are likely to serve a prison sentence. Many violent felonies such as murder or armed robbery have mandatory minimum sentences that must be served in prison.
Do you have a criminal record?
It’s important to keep in mind that pleading guilty to a crime with a plea offer in place is the same as being convicted of a crime. Even if a plea deal in each case seems like a good offer, it may have other serious consequences that need to be considered. A criminal law attorney can provide insight into whether accepting a particular plea deal is in your best interest.
Were there aggravating factors in your case?
Being charged with misdemeanor DUI may result in a plea agreement that will keep you out of jail. However, if you crashed your car, injured another person, or drove with a dangerously high blood alcohol level, the charge might be upgraded to a felony. Those factors will likely increase your chances of going to jail if convicted of the crime.
If you are facing criminal charges in Augusta, GA, and would like to find out what defenses you have available, we encourage you to contact us for a confidential consultation. To speak with one of our criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible, call 706-200-1578 or inquire online now.