Sentencing: What does a Judge think about:
When a judge has to sentence a person, he will use his preconceived beliefs and the facts of the case, and the law. Additionally, the judge will use the the Illinois Revised Statutes. The Illinois law clearly states what a Judge has to take into account when they sentence a person. Nevertheless, a judge can sentence a person as he wishes. Therefore, despite all the law, if a judge wants to give probation, he will.
Factors that Must Be Considered:
The Illinois Revised Statutes has a listing what a Judge must consider in sentencing. There are two sections. Factors in Aggravation (things that should increase the punishment). And factors in mitigation, (factors that should DECREASE the punishment).
Factors that DECREASE the punishment:
Factors that INCREASE the punishment:
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