After being found guilty of a crime, the most common question is, “Now what?” In this blog, we are going to find out what to expect from the courts after you have been sentenced.
If you are found guilty after a trial or after pleading guilty, the judge will impose a sentence. You should talk to your lawyer or court worker about what happened in court. They will tell you if you have to pay a fine, meet with a probation officer, or follow any special rules.
The judge may put you on probation. This means that you do not have to go to jail, but you have to report to a probation officer and do other things in your community. The judge has wide discretion as to what penalty to impose. The law sets certain restrictions on the sentence in felony and DUI cases. Sentencing in felony cases is complex. In either case, an experienced criminal defense attorney, like Attorney Russell Spatz, can argue on your behalf and help you reduce your sentence.
If the judge ultimately sends you to jail, the police will usually take you to one of the NWT’s correctional centers. A case manager will be assigned to you and will help you work out problems at home.
Life after prison or a criminal conviction
We know that life after a criminal conviction can be really hard. But a criminal background shouldn’t discourage you from incorporating yourself again into society and looking for opportunities. Finding a job could be difficult, but many employers are willing to hire people who have a criminal record. Whether it makes a difference can depend on the reason you have a criminal record and the type of job for which you are applying. It could be easier to find work or gain work experience through people you know. For example, you could: Ask family and friends if they know anyone looking for work and if they are willing to recommend you. Contact previous employers who may recommend you for a job or be a referee. You could also consider volunteering to get experience or becoming self-employed.
There are very effective programs out there that help inmates find housing, health services, and employment. They may also help them re-establish positive relationships with their families.
If you find yourself facing a criminal charge in Florida that needs to be taken seriously, or if a loved one has been arrested or charged in Florida, it is imperative to have a professional and experienced attorney on your side. Attorney Russell Spatz has over four decades of experience.
To meet with Attorney Russell Spatz to discuss your criminal matter, please call the Spatz Law Firm, PL, at 305-442-0200.