Sentencing Lawyer Washington
It is one thing to say that “bad things happen to good people,” but it is another thing to prove it in Court. At any sentencing, it is critically important to have your attorney prove that you are a good person who made a mistake under circumstances that warrant leniency. This task at sentencing is particularly difficult in felony cases because both the State Sentencing Guidelines and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines limit the discretion of the sentencing judge. The calculation of your sentencing guideline range, and the efforts to convince the court to sentence you below that guideline range, are critical to achieving the lowest sentence possible.
Sentencing Downward Departures
If you are found guilty at trial or plead guilty pursuant to a plea bargain, I will work hard to help you obtain the best sentence possible. I will work hard to convince the Court that you are a good person, and that you deserve of leniency. I have decades of experience applying the State and Federal Sentencing guidelines, and have had great success obtaining sentences well below the standard sentencing ranges in felony cases.
In many cases, the prosecution at sentencing asks for large compensation awards to alleged victims. In many instances, these restitution orders can be the harshest aspect of a sentence because they can impact your life for years (even decades) to come. I have had great success in negotiating reaching case settlements that limit or even eliminate restitution awards. For example, in one criminal tax case where the lead defendant was required to pay back $63million in restitution, I negotiated a settlement for my client which resulted in no restitution. If there is no agreed settlement of restitution, I will work hard to convince the court waive or limit the restitution award to the lowest amount possibleScott Engelhard