Q: There is this guy I know, who has multiple crimes and still only gets a slap on the wrist so to speak, why?
He has cut off a tether, broken a PPO order, multiple assaults , and always either gets probation or 30 days in jail, whats it gonna take to put this guy away for a while. Now he attacked a mentality handicapped guy and broke the mans arm, this is the same guy who had the PPO against him. Why is he not getting harsh sentences . What’s it gonna take a murder for him to do hard time finally?
A: Judges take a great variety of things into consideration - much more than just what violation was committed -- when sentencing. Also, the way the system works is that you get punished more severely as you continue to commit violations. He will probably get what he deserves this time.
Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer
A: If this person continues this behavior, hard times are coming. Judges must take a number of factors into consideration with sentencing, including the type of crime charged - misdemeanor or felony - and what the legislature tells them is the maximum possible penalty. Judges must follow the law; they can't send him to prison if he's charged with a misdemeanor.
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