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Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 10:01 am
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to reduce your sentence. One option is providing “substantial assistance” to prosecutors by cooperating with their investigation. But what exactly does this mean and how does it work?
Well, substantial assistance is when a defendant provides important help to prosecutors that significantly helps further an investigation or prosecution. This cooperation usually involves providing information about other people involved in criminal activity or testifying against them in court. By doing this, defendants can sometimes earn a reduced sentence for themselves.
There are a few laws that allow prosecutors to file a motion for a reduced sentence if a defendant provides substantial assistance:
However, it’s ultimately up to the judge to decide whether to grant a sentence reduction and how much of a reduction is appropriate. Prosecutors can only recommend it, not guarantee it.
There’s no single definition of what constitutes substantial assistance, but some common examples include:
The assistance is considered “substantial” if it is significantly useful in furthering an investigation or prosecution. Just providing some minor details isn’t enough – it has to be important help. The more significant your cooperation, the greater the potential sentence reduction.
If you want to provide substantial assistance, here are some key things that may happen:
It’s a complex process that requires working closely with the prosecution. Defense lawyers can help guide defendants through it.
For federal cases, the sentencing guidelines provide a framework for determining sentence reductions based on substantial assistance. The guidelines recommend certain percentage decreases depending on the “significance and usefulness” of the defendant’s assistance.
For example, assistance deemed “significant” can result in a 12-18 month reduction, while “highly significant” assistance can merit an 18-24 month reduction. There are also ranges for assistance deemed “moderate” or “minimal.”
However, judges aren’t strictly bound by these ranges – they have discretion to go higher or lower depending on the circumstances. And prosecutors can request variances above the guidelines if they deem the assistance extraordinarily helpful.
While substantial assistance motions enable prosecutors to dismantle criminal organizations, the practice is controversial and criticized by some for issues like:
Prosecutors argue cooperators are necessary evils to convict dangerous offenders. But defense lawyers caution defendants to carefully weigh the pros and cons before pursuing cooperation deals.
Cooperating with prosecutors can be risky but may offer sentence reductions if deemed “substantial assistance.” Understanding the process is important for defendants exploring this option.
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