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How Do The Sentencing Guidelines Work In A Federal Court?

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Once you hire an attorney, it is important to meet with him or her to look at the sentencing chart for the crime you are accused of. If you have no criminal history, then you are going to be at criminal history level one. If you have a criminal history, then you are going to be in a different position and your sentence is going to be much higher than someone without a criminal history. Just looking at the chart, you will get a feel for how sentences are handled in federal cases. The bottom-line is, you are going to need a criminal defense attorney to explain where you fall on the sentencing chart, as far as what your base offense level is, whether there are any special enhancements and if there is any downward departure that can be used to knock your sentence down. For example, you get an automatic three levels off for accepting responsibility.

Do Most Federal Cases Even Go All The Way To Trial?

Most cases do not go to trial, especially federal cases, because the federal government is rather sophisticated. They are going to take their time to investigate and they are going to try to get the best evidence possible. In most cases, they have the evidence to prove the case and there is no defense, so there is no need for the case go to trial. You would be better off accepting a plea agreement. You control whether your case goes to trial, not your attorney or the prosecutor.

Why Do I Need An Attorney Who Specifically Handles Federal Cases To Take My Case?

Someone who handles state cases is not necessarily going to know exactly how to handle a federal case. The language is different and the sentencing is different than a state case. In federal cases, the prosecutors are much more sophisticated than the prosecutors in a state case. Their investigations are much more thorough and there are different ways of handling motions. You need an attorney who has done federal work before, knows how to get the best possible result, and knows what it takes to litigate these cases and negotiate with the prosecutors.

For more information on Sentencing Guidelines In Federal Court, a free initial consultation is your best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (213) 542-0994 today.