If you have been arrested in the Philadelphia area, your case will work its way through Pennsylvania’s legal system, from preliminary arraignment through a trial and sentencing. But is likely your case will not proceed through every level. At any time during this process, your case can be settled.
In Pennsylvania, with the exception of some DUI offenses if you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony you have the right to a jury trial. After you plead guilty or you are found guilty following a trial, you will be sentenced.
What Happens At Sentencing
Sentencing occurs after one of the following occurs:
- You plead guilty, including pleas of nolo contender and open pleas
- A plea bargain is accepted
- You are convicted after your case goes to trial
During sentencing, the defense attorney and prosecution can present evidence and call witnesses.
Before your sentence is handed down you can make a statement to the court if you would like to.
After listening to each side, the judge will make his or her decision and hand down your sentence, which can be one or more of the following:
- Detention you serve in your home
- Community service
- Alcohol/Drug programs