What is a sentencing hearing?
A sentencing hearing is scheduled after a defendant changes his plea from a not guilty to a plea of guilty in front of the Judge and has waived his/her rights to a trial, or after a trial and the defendant is found guilty of the crime. At the sentencing hearing, the Judge determines what is going to happen to the defendant as a result of committing the crime. Sentences can vary depending on the crime committed and a variety of factors taken into account. Violent crimes victims have the right to present a victim impact statement done is writing in conjunction with the State’s Attorney's Office at the sentencing hearing.

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1. What is a public defender or defense attorney?
2. Who is the defendant/offender?
3. What is a bond hearing?
4. What is the difference between a criminal case and civil case?
5. What is a preliminary hearing?
6. What is a Grand Jury?
7. What is an indictment?
8. What is an arraignment?
9. What is a pre-trial ?
10. How can an offender plea not guilty if he/she made a statement to the police or there are witnesses to the crime?
11. Who decides if the defendant pleas guilty or request a trial?
12. What is the purpose of a trial?
13. What is a sentencing hearing?
14. What is a public defender or defense attorney? Who is the defendant/offender? What is a bond hearing? What is the difference between a criminal case
15. What is a negotiated or plea agreement?
16. What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
17. What happens if the defendant is sentenced to the Department of Corrections (prison)?
18. How much actual time will a defendant serve on his incarceration sentence in the Department of Corrections (prison)?