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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

After being convicted on 34 felony charges, what's next for Trump?

Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 29, 2024. Charly Triballeau | Afp | Getty Images
Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 29, 2024. Charly Triballeau | Afp | Getty Images

The unanimous decision by 12 jurors in Manhattan has sparked a range of reactions, from ecstasy to anger to simple annoyance. Trump's trial received daily coverage from major TV networks, detailing every courtroom moment, from naps to snaps to even smells. Post-trial, Trump continued his narrative of rigged outcomes, much to the chagrin of New Yorkers weary of his daily motorcades along 5th Avenue.


Now, as the dust settles, valid questions arise:


- Will he go to jail?

Possibly. Sentencing is set for July 11th, with options ranging from jail time to fines to probation.


- If jailed, for how long?

Each felony could carry a 4-year sentence, though consecutive terms are unlikely.


- Can he still run for office?

Surprisingly, yes. American history lacks precedent for barring felons from candidacy.


- What if he runs?

Whether from home, jail, or probation, Trump's potential candidacy looms large. The Republican Party's forthcoming nomination may further solidify his bid. If elected, navigating legal constraints and duties as President could prove unprecedented. He may not be able to pardon himself for a state felony, as it isn’t a federal trial, but he could appeal to courts that he isn’t able to fulfill his duties as Commander In Chief.


- Will secret service agents join him in jail?

Reportedly, secret service agents protecting Trump would indeed accompany him in jail if he is sentenced to serve there.


As history unfolds, we impatiently await what comes next.

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