At the end of your trial, if you are found not guilty, you will be free to go and the criminal process will end at that point. If you are found guilty, you will be either sentenced immediately or at a later time. The court may require a pre-sentence investigation and report where the court’s probation department prepares a report for the judge summarizing the crime and your personal and criminal backgrounds. Generally, the victim is contacted for a recommendation of sentence, and the probation officer concludes the report with a recommended sentence.