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A guide to Criminal Sentences in Scotland

Among the questions which are uppermost in the mind of a person accused of a crime are "will I go to prison?" and "how long will I be sentenced to?"

However, it's important to remember that before you are sentenced, you must first be proven guilty. Crime in Scotland is prosecuted by the Crown. In the Sheriff court, crime is prosecuted by the Procurator Fiscal and the Lord Advocate. The Crown must lead evidence and prove beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the acts in question. If they cannot do this, you will walk free. It is the job of a good criminal defence sentence solicitor to test the evidence put before the court. You do not have to prove that you are 'innocent'.

Will I go to Prison?

Not necessarily. The most drastic sentence which can be imposed by any court is a custodial one. This, of course, means prison or a similar institution (a young offenders institution if you are under 21). The period for which you are detained in custody will obviously vary according to the severity of the crime, and can depend on other factors such as your previous criminal background.

Other punishments which can be imposed by the court include:

  • Addiction treatment
  • Being placed on the Sex Offenders Register
  • Confiscation of Assets or Goods (normally if the articles or money in question are the Proceeds of Crime)
  • Community Service
  • Disqualification from Driving in the case of Road Traffic Offences
  • Electronic Tagging
  • Probation

The phrase "sentence deferred for reports" means that the court has decided to make enquiries into the background of the accused person. These reports include things like psychiatric reports.

In most cases, you have right to appeal your sentence or conviction.

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We are members of The Law Society of Scotland and are registered to provide Legal Aid by The Scottish Legal Aid Board. Legal Aid may be available in many cases.

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We understand that being accused of a crime is a stressful experience. That’s why we provide 24 hour assistance for emergencies and effective representation should you require to appear before any court.

Call or visit us to discuss your case. We have offices in Baillieston, Cambuslang, Muirhead, Barmulloch, and Saltmarket.

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Contact Us Now - It’s never too soon to get in touch. Call us today on 0141 552 9193 or use our online enquiry form. Our solicitors will deal with your enquiry in the strictest of confidence.