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Federal Sentencing Process

Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm

It is a reality that the vast majority of federal criminal cases end with a guilty plea or conviction after trial. Criminal cases can be won however, and it is important that those cases appropriate for trial be fought to the fullest. However, in many cases the knowledgeable federal defense attorney will concentrate work to obtaining the fairest and lowest possible sentence for the client. Traditionally, defense efforts at obtaining leniency and individual sentencing faced tremendous obstacles in the rigid application of the federal sentencing guidelines in the federal district court for the western district of Pennsylvania as in the federal courts across the country.

Thus, until 2005, federal judges largely had their hands tied with regard to sentencing due to what were fundamentally mandatory federal sentencing guidelines. But in 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled that such guidelines could no longer be considered mandatory, but instead directed that the sentencing judges should consider the sentencing guideline recommendation as advisory only (United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005)). This provides experienced federal criminal defense attorneys such as those at Joyce & Bittner the opportunity to mitigate harsher sentencing in federal court.

We Have the Experience You Need During the Federal Sentencing Process

At the Pittsburgh law firm of Joyce & Bittner, our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined legal experience representing clients in court including the federal sentencing process in the Western District of Pennsylvania and other courts. We not only have what it takes to work hard on your behalf in plea negotiations, but we also fight to obtain the appropriate sentence in view of the facts and circumstances of the case and client’s background.

For many clients, the federal sentencing process will be the first offense they have ever had. This one incident should not define them and a through federal defense will gather all the positive information from their background including letters from friends, family and co-workers. All this must be provided the sentencing judge to allow him or her a more complete understanding of the client.

Learn more about how we can help lessen the federal sentencing you may be facing by calling 412-281-9919 or toll free at 1-800-299-5530 or by contacting our Pittsburgh-based criminal defense firm online.

Federal Sentencing Processes: Plea Bargaining and Pre-Sentence Reports

Most individuals believe that the most pivotal part of a federal criminal case occurs during plea negotiations with a federal prosecutor. This is not necessarily true. Plea bargaining to limit or reduce charges is important, but it is only the first step that a skilled, experienced federal criminal defense attorney should take on your behalf.

At our firm, we emphasize dedicated representation at all stages of the Pennsylvania federal sentencing process. After the plea bargaining stage, there is a vast amount of work that we do to posture the case properly with regard to full sentencing and prison time. We create comprehensive pre-sentence reports that inform the court as to the proper application of the federal sentencing guidelines. Often, these pre-sentence reports are also the starting points for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to determine the prison placement of an individual.

Contact Our Pittsburgh Sentencing Guidelines Attorneys to Learn More

For strong criminal defense throughout the Pennsylvania federal sentencing process, especially if your case falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, contact our defense law firm today. We offer free initial consultations.

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