Defendant's statement before sentencing.

Asked about 1 year ago - San Jose, CA

Hasn't the Judge already decided upon the sentence when he enters the courtroom for the sentencing hearing?

Is it possible that the defendant's statement can have any effect on the sentence?

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Greg Thomas Hill

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree


    Answered . A defendant's statement can affect his sentence. It can make it worse or better. Before a defendant decides to utter anything at sentencing, he should most certainly ask his attorney if it is advisable. The attorney may have experience with the judge and know how he or she will respond.

  2. Michael Kevin Cernyar


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Yes, it can make a difference. Good luck.

    The response above is not intended as legal advice since it’s impracticable to provide thorough, accurate advice... more

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

22,923 answers this week

2,631 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

22,923 answers this week

2,631 attorneys answering