Criminal Procedures


Does it matter if a person has prior convictions?

Yes, a person’s prior criminal convictions can influence a judge’s sentencing decision. In some states, prior convictions can cause someone to be classified as a career offender and career offenders receive longer sentences than those who are first-time offenders. In addition, some states—such as Florida—require those classified as “career offenders” to register with authorities once they have been released from prison.


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