Here in Arkansas, offenders who have been found guilty are judged based upon several factors. The two most defined factors are the Criminal
History Score and the Criminal Seriousness Level. Each of these two factors are placed on the Arkansas Sentencing Standards Grid. The Criminal history score(which is determined by filling out the Criminal history Worksheet) is located on the x-axis and the Seriousness Offense level (1-10), with 10 being the highest and covering “super villain” type crimes like causing a catastrophe and introducing the public to biological and radioactive Weapons, is located on they-axis. Finding out the “recommended sentence” is as easy as plotting a point on the grid; find the Criminal History Score and go down the level of the offense and you have your “recommended sentence”. Looking at the recommended sentence one might see DCC or AS. The DCC is the department of communitycorrections (i.e. probation). AS is alternative sanctions, such as drug court or other monitoring. Each of these may still be accompanied by time in the county jail or other non-penitentiary time. Also, please note that a Court is free to sentence outside the guidelines if it sees fit. There are also several mitigating (reducing) and aggravating factors (reducing), which can sway a Court’s decision. All in all the Sentencing Standards Guidelines are just what they say, guidelines. Here are the links to the Criminal History Worksheet, Sentencing Grid and The Criminal Seriousness list of offenses.
*Disclaimer: This blog is not legal advice, but a general explanation of the law that is not specific to your case, if you have one. If you have questions concerning your rights, a recent police interaction or any other legal issue please contact either General Practice Law Firm or another attorney for a proper application of the law to your case.