How Criminal History Affects Sentencing

When a person is charged with a crime, a number of factors can affect his or her sentencing, including the individual’s criminal record. He or she may face more severe sentences and even upgraded charges due to previous convictions. In particular, those with serious misdemeanors or felonies may face drastic increases in penalties due to this criminal past. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we understand how to handle this issue when developing criminal defense strategies, and we can help Dallas-area clients meet this challenge head on.

Prior Convictions and Sentencing

A defendant must work significantly harder to prevent harsh sentencing if he or she has prior convictions on his or her criminal record. The individual’s criminal defense strategy may need to specifically address this criminal history, otherwise he or she could face substantially more severe punishments. A person’s prior convictions can lead to the following:

  • Upgraded charges
  • Enhanced sentencing, such as increased fines or longer jail sentences
  • Permanent loss of driver’s license or professional licensure, depending on the type of crime

A criminal history of prior convictions can dramatically increase both the scope and intensity of the penalties that defendant may face, especially with crimes involving theft and burglary, domestic abuse, and drug crimes. Because of this, it’s important for a defendant to seriously consider the full range of his or her criminal defense options.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Dallas

If you’ve been charged with a crime and have prior convictions on your criminal record, we may be able to help you avoid another conviction or fight for a significantly reduced sentence. To learn more about the criminal defense options available to you during these difficult times, contact the lawyers from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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