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Last Updated on: 13th October 2023, 08:21 pm
Getting convicted of a federal crime can be scary and overwhelming. Believe me, I know – I’ve been there. When those handcuffs clicked shut around my wrists, my heart dropped to my stomach. I had no idea what was coming next or how my life would ever be the same.But here’s the thing – it’s not the end of the world. As bleak and hopeless as it feels in those first few days or weeks after your conviction, there are still options and a path forward. This article is to help guide you through the initial shock and start thinking practically about next steps. I’ll walk through the typical process after a conviction, your legal options, and tips for moving forward after serving your time.
Once you’ve been convicted in federal court, whether by trial or plea agreement, there are still a few more steps before your sentence officially begins:
After a conviction, the probation office will conduct a pre-sentence investigation to learn more about your background, criminal history, and personal circumstances. This is when you’ll have the chance to share information about yourself that could affect your sentencing – like mental health issues, childhood trauma, addiction, family obligations, etc. Be honest and don’t hold back – this is your chance to show the human side and explain what led to your crime.
During the sentencing hearing itself, the judge will decide your penalty based on the pre-sentence report, federal sentencing guidelines, and arguments from both sides. Speak openly to the judge if you have the chance. Show that you take responsibility for your actions, have changed as a person, and are ready to move forward positively after serving your time.
Once you receive your final sentence, you’ll get a report date to turn yourself in to federal prison – usually between 30 to 90 days out. Use this time to get your affairs in order, say goodbye to loved ones, and mentally prepare for doing your time.
While the conviction feels final, you still have legal options to explore that could reduce your sentence or overturn the conviction altogether:
Don’t give up hope. With the right legal strategy, you may still be able to reduce your sentence or even overturn the conviction. Consulting with an attorney is the best way to understand all your post-conviction legal options.
The time in federal prison will be difficult, but you can take steps to set yourself up for success after release:
The most important thing is to not lose hope. What happened does not define you. Millions have been in your shoes and gone on to live happy, fulfilling lives. Have faith in yourself and focus on personal growth during your time away. You can do this!
Navigating the criminal justice system can be confusing. Here are some of the common legal processes that happen after a federal conviction and tips for getting through them:
After you are convicted but before sentencing, a probation officer will conduct a pre-sentence investigation to learn more about your background, criminal history, and personal circumstances.
This hearing determines your penalty based on federal guidelines and arguments from both sides.
You’ll get a report date to turn yourself in to federal prison, usually 30-90 days after sentencing.
If eligible, you can get a parole hearing after serving part of your time.
After prison, you’ll be under supervision with restrictions – like drug testing, counseling, community service.
It’s a long road, but taking it step-by-step and keeping a positive attitude will help you get through. Don’t lose hope for better days ahead!
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