Petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor
Petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor sentences are often given at the time a defendant pleads guilty. A judge has discretion regarding the sentence imposed and usually bases the sentence on a combination of the seriousness of the offense and the defendant's criminal history.
Sentences for felony level charges are often set on a date after the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty.
Prior to sentencing, a Pre-Sentence Investigation is completed by Community Corrections and recommendations are made to the judge regarding the sentenced to be imposed.