What is a 3-Judge Panel?

In certain types of criminal cases, a defendant has ninety days from the date of sentencing to file a motion asking for a 3-judge panel to review the sentence that was imposed by the sentencing judge. The sentencing judge cannot be part of the panel but may be consulted by the panel. If the panel grants a hearing, it may deny the request, keep the original sentence the same, reduce the sentence, or increase it to the statutory maximum that the law provides for each individual crime for which the defendant was convicted.

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