What happens if you have committed a crime in the past? You moved on, paid your dues, and now you’re able to move forward in life, right? But what happens when the past comes back to haunt you and you receive another conviction that is much the same as the last? The truth is, offenses from the past still matter in many ways. If you are arrested for the same offense as last time, especially, you could find that you are in a lot of trouble.
Why it Matters
If you have been arrested for a repeated offense, it does matter. This is because, the first time you are arrested for that same crime, you are considered a first time offender. However, by the second, third, or fourth time, you are then a repeat offender and could fall into a different sentencing classification. Second or so-time offenders might be treated more harshly. Especially when there are aggravating factors, this can make all the difference when it comes to how severe you will be charged and what you should expect.
Aggravating and mitigating factors include things like your age, accepting responsibility for that particular offense, and whether or not the crime involved a minor. Aggravating factors will consider if you caused another person harm, if a dangerous weapon was used when the crime was committed, and more. If you have a past felony history and you commit another felony, you could experience more trouble like bigger fines and more time in jail. There is where you will usually see minimum time spent in prison because you have committed the same crime time and time again.
You’ve committed a serious crime and now you need a good defense system on your side so that you can move forward during this trying time. At the Law Office of Peter Blair, we want to help in your time of need when you are trying to move forward with your case. We can help you every step of the way.