After the defendant either pleads guilty or is found guilty after a trial, the judge determines the sentence. A sentence could include, but is not limited to:

  • Community service
  • Fines
  • Jail
  • Probation
  • Restitution

Victims Role at Sentencing

Victims have the right to be heard at sentencing. Victims may address the court directly by making a statement or indirectly by providing a written statement to be read by the prosecutor. If you are a victim, we will attempt notify you of the sentencing date and help you prepare if you wish to make a statement.

After hearing from the prosecutor, the victim and/or victim's family and the defendant, the judge will announce the sentence, usually right then and there.

Sentencing Times

Felonies are classified as Class A, Class B or Class C crimes. Class A offenses carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison (40 years for exceptional circumstances), Class B is 10 years and Class C is 5 years maximum.

Misdemeanors are classified as Class D and E crimes and are punishable by a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail or prison.

Fines and probation can also be ordered in all levels of criminal offenses.

Notification of Release

Victims have the right to be notified of a defendant's release from incarceration. The notification requirement ends upon the defendant's release or at the victim's written request.

Cumberland County Jail

If a defendant is sentenced to the Cumberland County Jail and is in execution of the sentence, you can call that facility at (207) 774-5939, ext. 2144. Any changes or updates to your contact information should be done directly with the jail facility.


If the defendant is in prison, you will be mailed a form that needs to be completed and returned to this office. Any changes or updates to your contact information after you have provided the form to this office should be made directly to Maine Department of Corrections Victim Services at (800) 968-6909.