We will discuss in detail with you the type of sentence that you are likely to receive if you are found guilty of an offence as each case depends upon its own facts. However, in general, a number of factors are taken into consideration including the type, seriousness and circumstances of the crime as well as the age and criminal record of the offender.
In addition, a sentence might depend on any aggravating or mitigating circumstances.
An aggravating circumstance is something that makes a crime more serious, eg burgling someone’s house while they are asleep in bed.
A mitigating circumstance is something that makes a crime less serious, eg you have problems in your personal life that have affected your behaviour.
Judges and magistrates use guidelines from the Court of Appeal and the Sentencing Council when deciding what sentences to give.
Pleading guilty early can result in a lower sentence.