Federal lawyers who handle criminal defense understand the complex nature of the sentencing procedures in Federal Court. There are multiple considerations that contribute to an individuals ultimate sentence under federal law.

STATUTORY MANDATES – United States Judges are required to abide by any statute (Law) that establishes a punishment range for a particular crime. Additionally, the judiciary is required by statute to take into consideration many different factors as outlined 18 USC Sec. 3553, which can be found here:

SENTENCING GUIDELINES – The United States Sentencing Guidelines are used by Courts as a guide to help ensure that Defendants are treated similarly at sentencing across the Country. The guidelines act as a recommendation to District Courts and are not binding on the Judges. Federal criminal defense attorneys will use the guideline to advise their clients as to potential sentences they are facing if convicted of a crime.