If you are charged with a crime, it is important to understand the statutory penalties. The statutory penalties refer to the minimum and maximum sentence the court can impose. The penalties depend on a variety of factors including:
- The guideline range that applies.
- Whether the crime is a felony or a misdemeanor;
- The degree of the felony or misdemeanor charge;
- Any minimum mandatory prison sentence that applies to the charge.
State Attorney's Office has created felony and misdemeanor diversion programs to avoid some of these penalties for lower level offenses:
- pre-trial intervention (PTI).
- adult pre-arrest diversion (APAD).
- domestic violence pre-trial intervention (DVPI).
- misdemeanor intervention program MIP.