What is the minimum jail time a criminal will do for different offences? Try our sentencing quiz

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Many complain that the law is too soft on criminals and mandatory jail terms should be extended.

But unless you're a criminal lawyer - or have been on the wrong side of the law too many times - you probably won't know the minimum sentences that the law prescribes for different offences.

And they're probably shorter than you'd think.

Try our quiz (below) with 10 hypothetical scenarios to see how long the offenders will get inside.

First a few caveats because sentencing is a complicated business...

Leeds Crown Court

The law sets a 'starting point' for a person convicted of an offence but courts do not have to rigidly adhere to this.

The Sentencing Council recommends a range within which the sentence will fall which starts lower than then staring point and can finish considerably higher.

There are aggravating factors (e.g. prior planning, previous related convictions) and mitigating factors (e.g. the offender was forced into committing the crime or was mentally unwell) that a court must consider when setting its tariffs.

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