Sentence modification – commonly called a time cut – is a form of relief available to some people in Wisconsin. In some cases, it’s possible to get an existing sentence reduced or changed. However, there’s no way to predict how a judge will rule; in the legal system, everything goes on a case-by-case basis.
How Sentencing Modification Works
A sentencing modification works with the introduction of a motion. That means someone asks the court to do something. If you want your sentence modified, you would petition the court to make a change for you. You might ask the court to lessen your jail time, probation or community service time, or you might ask for a reduction in fines.
Can the Judge Change the Sentence?
For the most part, a judge’s ruling is final. If the judge says you must complete 100 hours of community service and pay $5,000 in fines, that’s usually the end of it. However, if something happens – like you lose your job – you might want to ask the court to lighten up your fines. In some cases, judges can change an original sentence.
Related: Truth in sentencing in Wisconsin
How Can You Qualify for Sentence Modification?
If you’re thinking about asking the court to modify your sentence, you probably want to consult with an attorney. In some cases, it’s not possible to ask the court to change your sentence – and your attorney will have the most current information for you. Your lawyer will also be able to explain what types of relief you’re entitled to ask for (such as a reduction in fines or fewer community service hours), or whether you’ll be able to ask the judge to shorten your jail or prison sentence.
What to Do if You Want to Ask for Sentence Modification in Wisconsin
You need to make sure you qualify for sentence modification before you ask the court. For that reason, most people choose to work with an attorney. You can always call us at 414-383-6700 to talk to someone about your case. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get moving in the right direction.