Receiving Your Sentence in Court

Updated on Thursday 26th May 2016

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At the sentencing hearing, the judge will evaluate the pre-sentence statement, made by the probation office, and will hear the arguments from the prosecutor and from the defence solicitor and, in some cases, from the victim.

If an individual is found guilty of a criminal offence, the verdict will depend on a number of factors, counting the circumstances, seriousness and nature of the crime. Our defence solicitors in London will offer proper guidance and will prudently analyze your case, in order to get a minor sentence if you are found guilty in the court of law.

The gravity of the offence

Facts like whether the offence was committed on bail for other crimes or whether the defendant is subject to recall to detention or serving a community punishment will usually be extremely important as aggravating the existing offence

The court of law will reflect on the range of sentence as suggested by the sentencing guiding principle and then will have to regard the details of each offence in order to review their significance. 

Pre-sentence information

The court can order a pre-sentence report from the Probation Service, if involves a community sentence or detention. This will offer extra information about the defendant’s condition, the risk of re-offending and any individual issues possible to manipulate sentencing, for example a drug addiction. In this case, psychiatric information can be ordered.

Passing sentence

After taking into consideration all the important information and after fixing the sentence for the case, the court will pronounce the sentence in open court of law, addressing the defendant directly and giving motives for the decisions. Auxiliary instructions, such as expenses and disqualification, will also be announced.


Every defendant has the right to appeal from the judge’s court to the Crown Court within 21 days. Suspects who have received immediate prison sentences are advised by our defence solicitors in London to apply for bail on lodging notice of appeal. Offenders who declare their guilt can get up to a third off their sentence

Judges will always weigh up all the details, the offender’s culpability and the level of harm they have produced, mainly to the victim and will use condemning rules to reach a balanced sentence.

Please feel free to contact our team of defence solicitors in London, for proper information, guidance and legal representation in the court of law.


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