When you have been sentenced or are facing a sentence of ‘life,’ you know that you are being accused of a serious crime. You may suspect that a life sentence is going to last as long as your life. The only punishment that seems more severe is the death penalty. However, when it comes to the ‘life sentencing,’ it might not always mean what you think it does. Sometimes, people are sentenced to life imprisonment and still qualify for parole.
More About Life Sentencing
There are many crimes out there that could lead to a life sentence, some more severe than others. Here are a few examples of some of them:
- Murder and any related crime like attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder
- Terrorism, high treason, airplane hijacking
- Genocide and crimes against humanity
- Severe child abuse, human trafficking, kidnapping
- Severe drug trafficking crimes
- Burglary or robbery that ends in death
In some cases, you might find that the judge hands out multiple life sentences. This might seem nonsensical, but there are reasons behind it. For instance, in the case of many crimes, you might be eligible for parole within a few years. So, what happens if you have been convicted of murdering multiple parties and then you are freed from jail within 15 years due to parole? If the judge in your case sentences you to multiple life terms, there is a greater likelihood that you will actually spend the rest of your life in prison.
If you have been accused of a serious crime and believe that you could be facing life in prison, you want to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. These cases can be extremely delicate in nature and we want to help at the Law Office of Peter Blair. Call us as soon as possible.