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Q: If one accepts a plea at a pretrial conference when does the sentence begin?

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Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: Once the judge signs the judgment order. For misdemeanors, this often occurs on paper as long as you waived a sentencing hearing. For felonies a separate sentencing hearing is often required to be held. If you do not receive anything from your attorney or the court within a few days, make sure to contact the clerk of court.

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