If someone is proven guilty, who decides the sentence?
The judge imposes sentences. Court staff cannot suggest possible sentences, as different facts and laws may apply to each case. However, certain offenses have mandatory sentences, meaning a judge cannot order a lesser sentence than is required. Other offenses allow a judge to use discretion. If a charge has a mandatory sentence, the judge will inform you at time of sentencing.

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1. Do I have to appear in court?
2. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
3. If someone is proven guilty, who decides the sentence?
4. I was told I could speak to the officer before court. Do I need to make an appointment?
5. Can I speak to the judge, regarding my case?
6. What if I don't have an attorney?
7. How can I get referrals for an attorney?
8. How do I know if my license is suspended?
9. If my driver's license is suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket, how do I get it back?
10. Can I pay a higher fine to have my points reduced or taken off?
11. How can I pay my fine?