Video: How does sentencing in federal cases work?

Federal sentencing is probably the least intuitive process for any lawyer, let alone a non-lawyer, to contemplate. If you watch a typical criminal sentence on a television show or even listen to the news, you quickly realize that many sentences are based upon an agreement between the prosecutor and a defense attorney.

For example, in the state of Texas, if somebody broke into a car, you could as a defense lawyer approach that prosecutor and say, “Hey, can we agree to a probation?” or “Hey, can we agree to ten days in jail as a sentence?” If the prosecutor agrees, you can take that agreement to a judge and 99 times out of 100, that’s the sentence that the client will get.

In the federal system, the prosecutor almost never has the authority to make an offer for a specific sentence. Instead, you go through this complicated United States guidelines computation to give a suggestion to the judge, who solely makes the sentencing decision. They suggest, “Well, you should get kind of this range,” and then the judge can go above or below it. The bottom line is the judge decides, and you have no idea until the day you’re sentenced —  one is blinded and one certain. That is probably the easiest way to explain how sentencing in federal cases work.

We hope you found this information about sentencing in federal cases helpful. For more information on federal criminal defense, visit our federal crimes page or call us at (817) 203-2220.

Video: What Should You Do if You’re Accused of a Violent Crime in Texas?

Attorney Christy Jack:

“When someone is accused of a violent crime, their natural inclination is to explain themselves and try to get their side of the story out. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do. You should be mindful not to talk to anyone – not even family or friends. Those friends and family members could be called as witnesses against you.

The police will want to talk to you in most cases. The more violent the crime, the greater the likelihood of an interrogation. Do not give any statements. I’ve never met anyone who could talk themselves out of a serious criminal accusation.”

Want to learn more? Check out more informational blogs and videos by Christy Jack and other seasoned criminal defense attorneys at Varghese Summersett. We address a number of important issues that come into play when a person is accused of a violent crime in Texas, including:

Should you take a polygraph?

What’s the difference between murder and capital murder in Texas?

What’s the difference between robbery and aggravated robbery in Texas?

What should you do if you are falsely accused of rape?

What is aggravated sexual assault? 

What constitutes assault bodily injury?

Have you or a loved one been accused of a serious crime? Contact us today for a complimentary strategy session. During this call we will:

  • Discuss the facts of your case;
  • Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
  • Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.

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