A defendant is sentenced after pleading guilty or being found guilty by the judge or jury. 

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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. 

Felony sentences are governed by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.