You were recently elected to office as a state trial judge in your local trial court. You have just concluded your first criminal trial and will be sentencing the defendant at an upcoming hearing. As an attorney, you worked exclusively with civil cases, so you are concerned with the sentencing phase of the case, and you want to get this first one right. However, you really do not know where to begin.
Imagine that you are a judge preparing to sentence an offender who was just found guilty at a jury trial on two counts of bank robbery. Address the following questions: