After a criminal conviction in South Dakota, you may be subject to certain mandatory minimum sentencing laws, specific to the crime or crimes for which you were convicted. This is especially common for certain drug offenses, weapons offenses, violent offenses, or repeat offenses. Here’s what you should know about how mandatory sentencing laws could affect your criminal case.
While judges do have some leeway in choosing your sentencing, mandatory sentencing laws limit the judge’s ability to modify your sentence based on the circumstances surrounding the arrest and other factors. Even if the judge would normally impose a less severe sentence in your situation, she still must adhere to any mandatory minimum sentencing rules that apply.
However, if the judge determines that a more severe punishment is indicated in your case, she still has the freedom to impose a harsher sentence than the minimum. If you aren’t sure what kinds of penalties or sentencing guidelines may apply to your case, reach out to an experienced attorney for help.
If you have questions about what you might be facing after a conviction in South Dakota, including questions about mandatory minimum sentences, speak with one of our experienced South Dakota criminal defense attorneys in a free consultation. To learn more and get started today, give our office a call at 888-733-2992, or fill out the confidential online contact form on this page.
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