Guilty Plea

In criminal matters, you will be required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty for each of your charges.

Entering a plea of Guilty

Entering a plea of guilty indicates that you accept responsibility for your actions and the charges.

Sentence Considerations upon Entering a Plea of Guilty

The Courts will often order a less severe sentence at a plea, than if the matter proceeded to a Contested Hearing or Trial and you were found guilty.

In sentencing, the Magistrate or Judge will consider the following:

  • Responsibility and participation in the offending;
  • Any explanation for that offending;
  • Any explanation or legal submission which may contribute to the Court in determining a Sentence which is lighter than what would ordinarily be considered;
  • Criminal history;
  • Victim Impact Statement;
  • Principles of punishment which are:
    • Punishment
    • Community Protection
    • Rehabilitation
    • Deterrence (Specific and General)
    • Denunciation

At Hutchinson Legal, we strive to provide you with advice with regards to your matter and the most likely sentence at either a plea or at contest.

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