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Q: Sentencing guidelines for 3rd larceney charge in va

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G. Rex Flynn Jr.

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  • Arlington, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: This is not something that can be answered without meeting with an attorney, one on one. The sentencing guidelines take into account some extremely specific information about the person to be sentenced, including the number of current charges, the number and nature of the previous charges and a lot of information that are specific to the person being sentenced. The purpose of the guidelines are to create a sentencing range to recommend to the judge about the specific defendant. That recommendation range is going to be programmed around the prior criminal history, the current charges, the nature of the prior charges and a number of other nuanced factors that are designed to let the judge know how this particular defendant should be punished, how other defendants that were similar to this defendant were punished, and this particular defendant's likelihood to reoffend. You should contact a skilled criminal defense attorney and present them with all of this information so that they can calculate the guidelines for you. Alternatively, if that person is soon to be sentenced, the sentencing judge will (almost certainly, unless the parties choose to waive it) order the guidelines to be calculated, and you can get a copy of the guidelines usually a week or two before the sentencing date.

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