If I’m sentenced to jail, do I have to go right away?

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If I’m sentenced to jail, do I have to go right away?

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Defendants who are out on bail when they are sentenced to jail are sometimes hauled off immediately. Other times, the judge may agree to “stay” (delay) the start of the sentence for at least a few days, to allow the defendant to handle personal matters. Defense attorneys are usually well acquainted with the stay policies of local judges. On rare occasions, judges allow defendants to remain at liberty while they appeal their cases.

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