Legal Blog: Sentencing

Sentence Reductions Under the First Step Act

In 2018, Congress passed the reformative First Step Act, commonly called the FSA.  One of the FSA’s reforms allows certain inmates to receive greater reductions for good behavior than was previously possible.  This posts examines the FSA’s changes to earned time credit. Background For many decades, inmates showing progress towards rehabilitation could serve part of their sentences outside of prison

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Getting out of Prison on Compassionate Release

In 2018, Congress expanded the so-called “compassionate release” statute to allow inmates to petition their sentencing judges for reductions based on extraordinary circumstances.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the amended compassionate release statute probably saved the lives of many vulnerable inmates that judges saw fit to release.  This post gives a summary of the provisions of this important law. Background of

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A Closer Look at First Step Act Changes to 851 Enhancements

The First Step Act is a criminal justice reform bill that has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.  It has been endorsed by President Trump. The bill covers lots of subjects but one important one is changes to enhancements for repeat drug offenders.  Defense lawyers and federal prosecutors often refer to these as “851 enhancements” after the

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5 Things You Need To Know About Federal Sentencing

This video discusses top 5 things you should know about federal sentencing. If you are facing federal criminal charges and elect to plead guilty rather than face trial, you will need the assistance of a seasoned federal sentencing attorney to navigate the sentencing process. Learn more about The Federal Sentencing Process. ​

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Can I be sentenced for a crime I am found not guilty of?

Imagine the following scenario: you have been charged in a multi-count indictment with several interrelated crimes—one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of structuring.  The jury acquitted you of the more serious crime of wire fraud conspiracy, but convicted you of structuring.  A good outcome, right?  The answer may actually surprise you, as your ultimate sentence

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