If the defendant is convicted in a criminal case, the judge will set a date for sentencing. Before that time, a pre-sentence investigation may take place to help the judge determine the appropriate sentence from the range of possible sentences set out in the statutes. The pre-sentence investigation may consider the defendant’s prior criminal record, family situation, health, work record, and any other relevant factor.
In most states and in the federal courts, only the judge determines the sentence to be imposed. The federal courts and some states have sentencing guidelines to guide judges in determining appropriate sentences and to encourage uniformity.
If you have been arrested in Greater Cincinnati, call the Criminal Lawyers with Suhre & Assocaties at 513-333-0014 – 24 Hours a day, 365 days a year. The call is free – and always, there is no obligation on your part