Sentencing in federal court is a complex matter that involves a strict numerical “guidelines” calculation based on the offense, mitigating and enhancing factors, as well as criminal history. It is then up to the judge to view the entire case and decide whether to stay within the “guidelines range”, “depart upwards” or “depart downwards”: Essentially, the judge considers a sentence recommended by the legislature, but, ultimately, makes the final decision based on what he is right.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Adam Perlmutter recognize that this is defendants’ opportunity to show the judge a side of themselves that hasn’t been presented. The defendant’s sentencing memorandum is a chance to explain:
- Where did the defendant come from? What is his background?
- Who are the people in the defendant’s life, and what he means to them?
- What led the defendant to commit this crime?
- What are the good acts by the defendant that the court hasn’t heard?
- How has the defendant already been punished by this crime?
- How has the defendant worked to better himself since his arrest?
- Where does the defendant see himself after he is released?
Often times we bring in experts to more fully help us and the court to explain a person and what they did. We work with a number of experts in a variety of disciplines to assess the particular needs of each client. All our our experts are leaders in their respective fields who bring the top level of expertise to their evaluations.
Some lawyers fail to see the benefits of answering these questions to a court, but the attorneys at the Law Offices of Adam Perlmutter have seen the results of providing this information time and time again.
If you are considering a plea deal in federal court, make sure you have an experienced attorney who knows how to represent you in the best light possible at sentencing. Contact us today.