How to Find Out What a Person Was Sentenced to After Trial

By Contributing Writer - Updated December 09, 2018
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When someone is found guilty of a crime, the person is either instantly sentenced by a judge or jury or a sentencing date is set. If you were not present in court, you can still find out about a person's sentence to after being found guilty. This usually requires either making some phone calls or having internet access.

Call Your County Clerk of Courts

Call your county clerk of courts office and ask for the criminal division. Once a clerk answers the phone, tell the clerk you want to know about a particular person's is sentence. The clerk will likely ask you for the spelling of a last name and a case number if you have it. As long as the sentencing paperwork has been processed, the clerk of courts can tell you this information

Call the County or District Prosecutor's Office

Call the county or district prosecutor's office. The prosecutor's office acted as the attorneys for the state in the individual's criminal case. Once you dial the prosecutor's office, ask to speak with the prosecutor who handled the case of the person about whom you are inquiring. This prosecutor will be able to answer your question.

Visit the Clerk of Courts

Visit the clerk of courts and ask to see the court records of the case in question. You will be asked to supply the name of the defendant. Because this information is public record, the clerk's office likely will hand you the file for review at the office.

Go to the Clerk of Courts Website

Go to the website of the clerk of courts office that is handling the case. Many counties offer free searches of court records. Type in the first and last name of the person you are researching, and the sentencing information likely is there.

Check Your Local Paper

Check your local paper. If the crime was serious enough, your local newspaper may be covering the trial. You may be able to read about the sentencing information you are seeking.

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