S is For Sentencing in Criminal Cases
I intended to write about something different for the letter S, but I noticed in the comment section of my previous A to Z themed post (Criminal law & Procedure) that many of you had questions about the sentences for various crimes. In an effort to keep this short, I know it will not answer all questions, but hopefully it will expound on the topic.
The La. Code of Criminal Procedure Article 871 provides that a sentence is the penalty imposed by the court on a defendant, upon a plea of guilty, upon a verdict of guilty or upon a judgement of guilty and shall be pronounced orally in court and recorded in the minutes of the court.
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