Being charged with a criminal offense in Columbia, MO can lead to a number of life-changing mandates by the court. Each case is different. A law firm should work hard to defend your rights and to arrive at the best possible outcome from having criminal charges brought against you. Many times, our clients want to understand the potential things the court can mandate during a plea bargain or sentence.
Some of the things that are part of a sentence include:
Fines can be issued. Fines are associated with criminal charges, whereas monetary penalties are related to civil cases. Fines associated with criminal charges must be paid or the individual risks incarceration. These fines are different than restitution.
Restitution is used to help a victim regain what they lost. This can sometimes be in the form of money to be paid by the defendant.
Probation is the act of the court suspending an incarceration sentence and allowing the individual to remain outside of jail/prison with the promise of good behavior for a defined amount of time.
The act of suspending the sentence of a person convicted of a criminal offense and granting that person provisional freedom on the promise of good behavior. In some cases, the individual is regulated by working with a parole agency that monitors the individual's good behavior.
Jail time can be mandated, with usually lasts for less than a year. Longer incarceration sentences generally involve being located in a prison.
You can lose your right to drive for an extended amount of time. Many times individuals can try to gain a hardship license to allow them to drive to and from work during this time.
Vehicle forfeiture has become a more common punishment for drug related charges.
Performing community service is a common additional aspect of cases where the court feels the individual will benefit from the work.
An individual may have to give up some civil rights when involved with criminal charges. Felony conviction commonly include not being able to possess guns nor serve on juries. Individuals will also lose their right to vote during a combination of their incarceration, parole and probation time.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with traffic accidents in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLCtoday for a free consultation or case review. Bogdan Susan manages our crinimal defense cases. While we are based in Columbia, MO across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
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