Sec. 8 . (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), a defendant convicted of a felony may not be sentenced before a written presentence report is prepared by a probation officer and considered by the sentencing court. Delay of sentence until a presentence report is prepared does not constitute an indefinite postponement or suspension of sentence.
(b) A victim present at sentencing in a felony or misdemeanor case shall be advised by the court of a victim's right to make a statement concerning the crime and the sentence.
(c) A court may sentence a person convicted of a Level 6 felony without considering a written presentence report prepared by a probation officer. However, if a defendant is committed to the department of correction or a community corrections program under IC 35-38-2.6, the probation officer shall prepare a report that meets the requirements of section 9 of this chapter to be sent with the offender to the department in lieu of the presentence investigation report required by section 14 of this chapter.
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