When a person is convicted of a crime, a Judge is responsible for determining the sentence that person will receive.  This is appropriately called the “sentencing” phase of a criminal case.  What some people do not realize, however, is that sentences can vary wildly based upon the discretion of the particular judge assigned to oversee your case and how that Judge feels about the facts and circumstances of your case.  A criminal defense lawyer will argue for a youthful offender sentence at the time of the sentencing.