Sentencing options for young offenders are different and are likely to be less severe because its primary aim is to rehabilitate the offender before reintegrating the young offender into society.
full-time custodial imprisonment
The following factors may help persuade a judge to grant a more favourable sentence:
the demeanor, statements and cooperation of defendant during trial
presence of mitigating circumstances which reduce responsibility of the defendant as perpetrator of the crime
past criminal history
mindset and intention of the offender while committing the crime
extent of damage as a result of the crime such as personal injuries, property damages, expenses and personal costs
absence of treachery, cruelty or premeditation in the commission of the crime
Sentencing may take place immediately after a guilty verdict in misdemeanor cases or after a few days or weeks in felony cases and those that may carry long incarceration periods.
During the sentencing hearing, the judge may allow allocution statements to be made by persons for the defendant.