dont_hate_me01 (dont_hate_me01) wrote in little_details,

Sentencing Procedure

I'm writing a fic, set in the USA, where two men have been in a relationship for a number of years, more than 5 to be exact. It's an abusive relationship and the abusive partner has pleaded guilty on the following charges:

Aggravated assault and battery
Attempted murder
Rape and sexual Assault
Long term abuse of partner in relationship (Is there such a crime?)

My question is the following:

I want to know how the sentencing procedure works in general, I do know different states has different ways in doing things, and I want to know what kind of sentence can be imposed. The offender is a first offender, mid 30's, upstanding member of society (leading actor and business man).

I do know that same sex marriages are only now getting approved by different states that's why I'm only putting them in a relationship, don't know if that would make a difference.

I had a look at the following websites, blogs and general information available on the Web:

Web sites: FindLaw, Crimes against the Person as well as domestic violence.
Looked at Californian Law, Illinois, Florida, Michigan law and many other states.
Looked at Massachusetts Court system.
Was at Wiki answers - sentence for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, as well as on sexual abuse and rape.
Expert Law - aggravated assault
Legal-Eagles - aggravated battery
2010 Federal Sentencing Guidelines regarding aggravated assault.
Utah Adult Sentencing Release Guidelines - PDF.
Looked at different felony levels.

Hope that someone would be able to help, will be much appreciated.
Tags: usa (misc), usa: government (misc), usa: government: law enforcement (misc), ~sexual abuse & assault

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