As stated above, you must share all of the relevant facts with your attorney. Tell your attorney everything! The severity of any sentence will vary with the circumstances and the following factors will come into play: prior convictions, being on probation or parole, culture of the jury, media attention, as well as mitigating and aggravating circumstances. There are several things that can help you in the sentencing process as well, such as: evidence of good character (letters of reference etc.), employment history, and community service. Another very important concept is your rights under the Fifth Amendment. There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising your right to remain silent (if you or a loved one has been approached by law enforcement, call 1Law immediately). You have no obligation to consent to an interrogation outside of the presence of your 1Law attorney. Finally, do not conduct your own investigation. This is essential in order to avoid the appearance of distortion of evidence.