In a criminal case, the judge will prescribe the defendant a criminal sentence if they are found guilty. However, many people don’t know that a criminal sentence can be modified well after the trial is done, even if the offender is already in jail. This is known as “sentence modification” and may actually be required in certain circumstances. It typically results in a reduction of the criminal sentence.
A modification of a criminal sentence is only available in certain instances, not for all cases. Sentence modification may be necessary when:
- An error was made in the sentence and needs to be corrected.
- The defendant has assisted in another criminal case by cooperating with prosecutors to provide information or testimony.
- Other factors can be applied, such as a sentence reduction based on the offender’s age, terminal illness, or changes in state sentencing guidelines.
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