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Could Trump go to jail?

Former President Trump’s swift guilty verdict on 34 counts related to concealing hush money payments makes him the first president to be convicted of a felony, but it does not mean he is going to jail any time soon.

A New York jury found Trump guilty on every charge brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) in the case, determining he falsified business records in having his then-fixer Michael Cohen pay off adult film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal news of the alleged affair heading into the 2016 election.

But there’s a lengthy path ahead before Trump would serve any sentence, let alone face jail time.

The former president won’t face sentencing until a July 11 hearing, a date that comes just four days before he is set to officially become that nominee at the Republican National Convention. A conviction does not bar him from running for office.

And while Trump could face jail time, first-time offenders on charges like Trump’s are often not incarcerated. 

Also complicating matters is that Trump is likely to appeal the verdict.

Leaving the Manhattan courthouse Thursday, he called the ruling “a disgrace.” He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Trump’s team has 30 days to file a notice of appeal with the court and has six months to file the full appeal. That will kick off another lengthy legal battle that would likely extend beyond the November election.

It’s possible an appeals court would also stay Trump’s sentence, leaving the matter on pause while he pursues a challenge.

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