My name is Michael Santos. As part of my work to improve the outcomes of our nation’s criminal justice system, I have spoken with many federal judges. Two of those judges agreed to participate in a video interview. I asked them about steps a person could take to prepare in advance of sentencing. Listen and learn from what they said in the videos below:
If you’re facing a sentencing hearing, we can help. Although we have a team of sentence-mitigation experts for people that want one-on-one consultations, we also offer digital courses for those who are prepared to do the work. Start by watching the videos on this page so that you’ll have an idea of why we can help you restore confidence as you start preparing for sentencing.
I came into the system without an understanding of what to expect.
I saw the challenges and the pathway that I could take to begin preparing for success.
I put priorities in place to gradually conquer imprisonment to emerge successfully.
Whether authorities have charged you with a driving offense, a white-collar crime, a drug offense—or any charge that could lead to the loss of your liberty—the time is now to prepare for sentencing.
You may know the statistics:
Whether federal or state authorities bring criminal charges, conviction rates are high, and sentencing hearings follow.
When authorities bring charges, a defendant should invest time and energy to understand how the criminal justice system operates. Defense attorneys will do their part, but if a person becomes a defendant in a criminal case, that person should start working on his own.
Get started with Sentencing Preparation Course now.
You can expect the following:
Videos accompany every lesson, where I provide commentary to help you learn from our sample letters.
Besides Judge Bennett, who gave us invaluable insight, we can also learn from Judge Bough, who speaks about the importance he places on a defendant’s preparation for sentencing. If you’re serious about wanting to work toward the best possible outcome, learn how best-practices for preparing.
If you’re facing a criminal charge, you’re in a critical time of your life. The decisions you make every day will have an enormous influence on your future. For that reason, our team at Prison Professors offers considerable amounts of information to help.
I was 20 years old when I began making decisions that led me into trouble with the law. Authorities arrested me in 1987 when I was 23. Had I understood more about the challenges ahead, I may have made better, more informed decisions.
Instead, I went through the judicial proceedings blindly. I did not know what options were available to me, and the lawyer I hired did not help. I am responsible for the bad decisions I made. By not understanding the system, I exposed myself to severe sanctions.
After a jury convicted me of all counts, a judge sentenced to 45 years in prison. Had I made better decisions, my sentence would have been far less.
Don’t go into a criminal charge blindly. Start preparing for sentencing immediately with our Preparation for Sentencing Course.
The video below will show more about my journey through 26 years in prison, and some of what I learned.
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