How much worse are the sentences for multiple offenses?
In every case, the sentence for a second, third, or subsequent conviction for a crime will be determined individually, but it’s generally safe to assume that penalties get harsher the more times a person is convicted of a crime. This might mean more time served in jail or a first time jail sentence, depending on the crime. Additionally, the length of probation and suspension may be increased, while fines will also likely be greater. However, with a skilled defense attorney, a person facing a charge of a crime for which they have previously been convicted may be able to avoid these harsher penalties.