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How to Get a Short Sentence in Federal Criminal Case

By Spodek Law Group | November 2, 2021
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:19 pm

Reducing Your Federal Crime Sentence: Is It Doable?

Hey there! So, you’re wondering if it’s possible to get a lighter sentence for a Federal crime, right? Well, let’s dive in. While it’s true that Federal crimes often come with heavier prison sentences, remember that a charge isn’t a conviction. There are tons of factors that a judge considers before setting down the hammer. Want a shorter sentence? Understanding these factors is crucial and our friend and expert, Todd Spodek of the Spodek Law Group, is here to help with that.

Charging with a Lesser Offense

Think about it like food, if you will – let’s say you have a choice between an entire pizza or a slice. Which one leaves more room for dessert? Now, how does that relate to your situation? The crime you’re charged with determines the severity of your sentence.
Simply put, not every charge carries the same weight. For instance, a murder charge carries far more weight than a manslaughter charge for a death. It sounds a bit harsh, but it’s reality. Todd’s job here is to argue that you don’t fit into the former, rather you carry the weight of the latter. As he can help argue, the charges can be downgraded and with them, their corresponding sentences as well.

Minor Role, Minor Sentence?

Let’s talk about group crimes. Are you not the leader? Were you not the mastermind? Did you feel pressured into the crime? If so, you’re in luck. The Federal sentencing guidelines consider each person’s role. If you can demonstrate that you were a minor player, you could be looking at a significantly shorter prison term.

Behaviour During the Crime

But here’s the kicker – your actions during the crime play a part too. To put it in other words, crimes can be performed with varying degrees of severity, and the judge takes this into account. Less severe crimes typically equate to shorter sentences. For instance, the severity of a fraud charge correlates to the amount defrauded. Defraud someone of more than $6,000, your sentence length increases. More than $50,000? You get the picture. However, showing that your actions didn’t exceed certain threshold amounts can possibly lead to a lighter sentence.

Coming Clean: What Accepting Responsibility Entails

Another noteworthy point is that accepting responsibility can also reflect positively in your case. Accepting responsibility can involve pleading guilty, being candid about your role in the crime, and making restitution to any victims. Now, Todd over at the Spodek Law Group thinks that this approach might be risky, because if the prosecution’s case is not infallible, you might end up incriminating yourself by confessing prematurely. He advises to follow this path after a thorough discussion with your attorney.

Lower Risk, Lower Sentence

Let’s say you’re unlikely to reoffend, and Todd can convince the court of this. You might be wondering how is that possible? Evidence of non-violent behaviour, presenting character witnesses, and illustrating that the crime was an anomaly rather than usual behaviour – all these factors can contribute to a lesser sentence.

Past Sins: The Role of Your Criminal History

Finally, your past can come back to greet you. If it’s a friendly greeting, you’re likely to see a lighter sentence. By friendly, we mean that you have a clean record or minor offenses at most. Repeat offenses of the same crime, on the other hand, can lead to longer sentences. Todd can emphasize on your past good behaviour or provide context as to why you committed crimes previously in a bid to reduce your sentence.

So, What’s the Verdict?

When it comes to minimizing your sentence, you need the right team in your corner. Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group use their expertise to present your case in the most favorable light, arguing why you qualify for a lesser sentence. With their guidance, you stand a better chance of staying out of longer prison sentences. Now, does that give you a sense of hope?

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