Judgment or sentencing must be pronounced by the Court in a misdemeanor case not less than 6 hours nor more than 5 days after the verdict, finding or entry of plea unless time is waived by the defendant. A defendant may be represented by his or her counsel when judgment is rendered by the Court. Defendants in misdemeanor cases may be sentenced in absentia. In most instances, when a defendant is convicted of a misdemeanor, the Court is not required to obtain a probation report before the Court sentences the Defendant. A superior court judge ordinarily imposes a sentence in misdemeanor cases however the parties may stipulate to a temporary judge or a commissioner sitting as a judge. A defendant has the right to be sentenced by the same judge who took his or her plea. Sentencing hearings in misdemeanor cases occur infrequently and when they do they are brief. The prosecutor addresses the Court followed by the defense attorney. Should a defendant reject a plea bargain offered by the prosecutor and proceed to trial the Court may not impose a more severe sentence than that offered before the start of the trial, that is unless factors are revealed during the trial that could warrant a more severe sentence. Judges may often sentence a defendant to serve his or her sentence on weekend work programs or what is known as work furlough programs.