What Happens if Trump is Convicted in Hush Money Trial?

What Happens if Trump is Convicted in Hush Money Trial?

Former President Donald Trump, who’s facing legal charges on the hush money case, is likely to get the closing arguments on Tuesday.

Justice Juan Merchan will weigh the case and decide whether to sentence him to jail or not.

Trump, who is alleged of falsifying business records for the payment made to the p*rn actress, Stormy Daniels to hide his se**al encounter with her before the election 2016.

With the fifth week of trial, hearing prosecution, and defense, it is likely to have a verdict. However, it is uncertain how long it will take to reach a verdict or what that verdict will be.

If Donald Trump is found guilty of even one charge, it would mark the history of the first former U.S. president with a criminal conviction.

Additionally, he would be the first major party candidate to run for president while being a convicted felon.

Trump is seeking bail throughout his trial. Even if he is found guilty, he will be allowed to leave the court without being taken into custody immediately.

Judge Juan Merchan will probably schedule a sentencing hearing later to punish him.

The verdict will likely be decided based on factors such as Trump’s age—he is 77—his no previous criminal convictions, and his violations of the gag order during his trial.

What Happens if Trump is Convicted in Hush Money Trial?
What Happens if Trump is Convicted in Hush Money Trial?

However, if Trump is found guilty, he is almost certain to appeal the verdict. This appeals process could take months or even longer.

His legal team would appeal to the Appellate Division in Manhattan and potentially to the Court of Appeals.

As, for the appeals process, it is very unlikely that Trump will be taken into custody or not, he will remain free on bail while he appeals the decision.

Anna Cominsky, a professor at New York Law School, said, “The level of detail that was provided [by Ms Daniels] is really not necessary to the telling of the story.”

She added, “On the one hand, her detail makes her credible, and as a prosecutor, you want to provide enough detail so the jury believes what she has to say.

On the other hand, there’s a line, where it could become irrelevant and prejudicial.”

Trump’s defense team thinks they have good reasons to challenge the trial’s outcome if Trump is convicted.

Falsifying business records in New York is usually a minor offense, and even the second crime, trying to illegally influence the 2016 election, is not clear exactly which law was supposedly broken into it, which will help them to argue against the conviction on appeal.

Trump faces 34 charges, which are relatively minor felonies. Several factors, such as his age, clean record, and the non-violent nature of the crimes, might lead the judge to choose a less severe punishment.

The unique situation of a former president being involved might also influence the judge’s decision to avoid jail time.

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