Donald Trump found guilty of falsifying business records.

A New York jury convicting Donald Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records brought the former president’s trial to a close but ushered in a new phase of the historic case.

Now in the unique position of being the first former US president convicted of a felony, Trump faces the possibility of a prison sentence or probation for his crimes stemming from a hush money payment scheme he helped facilitate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump – who is known for mounting lengthy appeals of court rulings against him – is also likely to appeal the conviction, which could significantly delay his sentencing, currently set for July 11.

Trump could be sentenced to Probation or upto four years on each count in state prison with a maximum of 20 years.

For now, the former president will remain out of prison as he awaits his sentencing. Prosecutors did not ask for Trump to post any bond.

Trump has consistently appealed court rulings against him in an effort to delay the proceedings or eventually land his case before a court that may side with him. The New York case is no different.

Shortly after Trump was convicted, his attorney Todd Blanche asked for an acquittal of the charges notwithstanding the guilty verdict. The judge rejected the pro forma request.

During the course of the trial, Trump’s legal team took other steps to preserve its right to appeal a potential guilty verdict, looking at rulings from the judge on testimony and evidence. They’re all but certain to mount such an appeal in the coming weeks.

University of California, Los Angeles law professor Richard L. Hasen – one of the country’s leading experts on election law – has consistently said that nothing in the US Constitution bars a convicted criminal from running for the nation’s highest office.

Legally, nothing changes with Trump’s status as a candidate,” Hasen wrote in his Election Law Blog on Thursday.