Maine Revised Statutes

§1252-C. Sentencing procedure relating to the imposition of imprisonment

In imposing a sentencing alternative pursuant to section 1152 that includes a term of imprisonment relative to murder, a Class A, Class B or Class C crime, in setting the appropriate length of that term as well as any unsuspended portion of that term accompanied by a period of probation, the court shall employ the following 3-step process: [1995, c. 69, §1 (NEW).]

1.    The court shall first determine a basic term of imprisonment by considering the particular nature and seriousness of the offense as committed by the offender.
[ 1995, c. 69, §1 (NEW) .]
2.    The court shall next determine the maximum period of imprisonment to be imposed by considering all other relevant sentencing factors, both aggravating and mitigating, appropriate to that case. These sentencing factors include, but are not limited to, the character of the offender and the offender's criminal history, the effect of the offense on the victim and the protection of the public interest.
[ 1995, c. 69, §1 (NEW) .]
3.    The court shall finally determine what portion, if any, of the maximum period of imprisonment should be suspended and, if a suspension order is to be entered, determine the appropriate period of probation to accompany that suspension.
[ 1995, c. 69, §1 (NEW) .]
1995, c. 69, §1 (NEW).