What is a motion for reconsideration of sentence?
In a criminal case, once a finding of guilt has been made, the defendant has 90 days from the date of sentencing to ask the judge to reconsider the sentence given. Under Maryland law, the judge then has 5 years from the date of the request to rule on the motion. The judge may deny the motion without a hearing. Alternatively, the judge may decide to hold a hearing and then may deny the motion thereafter, or he or she may grant the motion and modify the defendant’s sentence, typically a reduction in the amount of jail time originally imposed.