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 Lesson 10: Prepare Prior To The Sentencing Hearing 

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Michael Santos

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What steps have you taken to prepare prior to your sentencing hearing? If you’re striving for the lowest possible sentence, then you must begin working now to position yourself. You understand that your sentencing judge will listen to a prosecutor who argues for a stern sentence. The judge also will listen to your defense attorney, who will argue for a more reasonable sentence. The judge listens to prosecutors and defense attorneys every day. Few defendants, however, have invested the time, resources, and energy to prepare prior to the sentencing hearing. This lesson will help you prepare prior to the sentencing hearing.

It’s important for defendants to contemplate a judge’s perspective. Prior to the sentencing hearing, the judge will have listened closely during the guilt-and-innocent phase of the proceedings. Yet if a sentencing hearing date has been set, that means a verdict or finding of guilt has been rendered. Accordingly, the judge will only know about the “bad” a defendant has done. To prepare prior to the sentencing hearing effectively, a defendant must invest time and energy to build a persuasive case. The defense attorney will undoubtedly work to argue for the lowest possible sentence. Yet if a defendant wants to position himself for a low sentence, he should prepare in ways that will help the defense attorney make a persuasive case for leniency. Through this lesson on how to prepare prior to the sentencing hearing, the defendant will learn strategies to contribute.

Without a doubt, you’re more than a criminal defendant. You’re well rounded and you’ve achieved success in many areas of your life. In your pursuit of success, you likely set a deliberate course of action. Are you following that same strategy now? Your sentencing hearing will have enormous implications on the rest of your life. Either you can take a wait-and-see approach, allowing yourself to stand by while prosecutors, probation officers, defense attorneys, and the judge to determine your fate. Or you can take action and begin working with White Collar Advice on an effective sentence-mitigation strategy. You decide what course of action is right for you.

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