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Understanding Prison And Jail

Many people facing criminal charges are full of questions, many of them having to do with jail and prison. While the prospect of jail or prison can be overwhelming and scary, it is important to realize what you realistically may be facing and take steps to prepare yourself.

In many cases, a conviction of a crime comes with the change of at least some prison or jail time, however many aspects factor into those and affect what a person will likely face.

First and probably most obviously, the crime you are convicted of will have a lot to do with it as well as your criminal history. A person facing a first conviction is less likely to face as stiff of penalties as a person facing a subsequent conviction, especially of the same crime.

Additionally, a lot depends on the judge hearing your case. A judge who feels like you have taken responsibility for your role in a crime will likely be more lenient than one who feels like you haven’t.

Although sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference between prison and jail. A jail is usually your local detention facility and holds people who are pending trial or those serving a sentence of a year or less, while a prison is a state correctional facility where those incarcerated are usually held for at least a year.

In Oregon, Class C felonies can carry up to a 5-year prison sentence and a $125,000 fine. A class B felony can carry up to a 10-year sentence and a $250,000 fine. A Class A felony, the most serious, can carry up to a 20-year sentence and a $375,000 fine.

For the most part, most convicts rarely receive the maximum sentences for their crimes.

If you are facing a criminal conviction, it is important to secure the counsel of a reputable Oregon criminal defense attorney. Call Kroll & Johnson today for your free, initial consultation.

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