How Does A Federal Judge Decide What Sentence To Impose In a Federal Criminal Case?

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Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how a federal judge decides what sentence a person who has been convicted of a federal crime should receive.

Federal sentencing is a complicated area of the law. Many people who are going to be sentenced in federal court are unsure what the process is and what information the judge who is about to impose sentence can See more +

Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how a federal judge decides what sentence a person who has been convicted of a federal crime should receive.

Federal sentencing is a complicated area of the law. Many people who are going to be sentenced in federal court are unsure what the process is and what information the judge who is about to impose sentence can consider.

This video explains how a federal judge decides what sentence to impose on someone who has been convicted of a federal crime. Washington DC criminal defense attorney Matt Kaiser explains what the federal judge will consider when imposing sentence.

Facing sentencing for a federal crime is a terrifying prospect. This video can provide some answers about what the process is and how the court approaches this important part of a federal criminal case

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Video Transcript:

If you have been convicted of a federal crime or if you have a loved one who has been convicted of a federal crime either by plea, by pleading guilty or after trial where you want to know [audio gap] [00:00:26] how that sentence, the federal sentence is going to be determined and so here is a quick overview of that.

First, one thing that will be very important of the federal sentencing guidelines, it's a book that’s put out by an independent commission that the sentencing commission that sets a range of imprisonment for each federal crime and for each person who commits a crime. It will be very important to work on and to figure out what that range will be, it's something that the judge will look at.

The second thing is that the judge doesn’t have to follow the recommendation of the guidelines. The judge can impose sentence that he or she wants to and the judge required to look at a number of factors, to look at you as a person, to look at what happened and why it happened, to look at how people were harmed by the crime and you need to have a lawyer who is working with you and explaining the factors to you so that you can convince the judge to give the lowest sentence possible.

What I find in my experience judges really look at and what judges really want to know is how did this happen and more importantly how do I impose a sentence, how do I impose some kind of punishment here that’s going to keep it from happening again. So when you are preparing for sentencing it's important to start thinking about how to answer that question even if it's an unasked question in the judges’ mind so that you can get the lowest sentence possible after being convicted at a federal crime. See less -

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Topics:  Convictions, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Sentencing

Published In: Criminal Law Updates

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