Q: Do plaintiffs get a say over whether a plea deal sentence is harsh enough?
Specifically its a misdemeanor theft charge and there is video surveilance evidence (and he has priors as well) so the only real incentive for prosecution is to avoid the hassle of a trial...I think he needs to go to prison and also return the items so I need to know whether I'll have any say in this, or whther I can appeal the sentence or ask the judge to reject the deal if it seems too lenient.
A: The victim of a crime can be heard at sentencing. Maine law requires the State to inform victims of sentencing and their right to be heard. A victim cannot appeal any sentence imposed.
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