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Maximum Sentences for Criminal Offences

Do you know what the maximum sentences are for any crimes? This table may assist your research. Remember this is the MAXIMUM penalty available. Most people will get a lighter sentence than this. This merely tells you what the maximum sentence a magistrate or judge can impose, not what the LIKELY sentence will be for you. There is no crystal ball, but an experienced solicitor will give you a good estimate once he has all the facts of your case.

You will note that some offences have possible sentences from both Magistrate and Crown Court. E.g. Affray. That means that either court can sentence you. Your solicitor will discuss which court is tactically the best one for you to be tried in, given the details of you case. Whilst the sentences in the Magistrates court are lower, the judge in The Crown Court may have extra discretionary powers available to him. You need to discuss these tactics with your solicitor.

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