Facing charges in court is a serious matter, and to some, it is very stressful and draining. Many defendants are thinking of their future, their career, and their family. That is why a defendant needs to prepare for the preliminary sentencing. A sentence can determine a lot and say so much what will happen to the defendant’s future that is why it should be taken seriously and get all the possible help the defendant can grab. A long sentence will rob the defendant’s time and opportunities in life, and of course, the family of the defendant would like the defendant to get home sooner and move on with life. It is hard to see a loved one spend their time in jail for almost all their life. If you know a family member who is facing sentencing, you should give the help they need, you can contact us, the National Legal Professional Association or NLPA. We have been assisting defendants in preliminary sentencing for over the years. If you are preparing for sentencing in your case, NLPA can provide assistance in a variety of ways. We have an extensive background in a wide range of cases whether drugs, fraud, conspiracies, etc., and can assist in all state and federal cases, as well as in state and federal sentence reduction.
NLPA has been known all over the years in fighting for justice. Our researcher provides the best services to counsels of defendants, making everything over the top to get the outcome that the defendant has been aiming for. Our legal teams at NLPA are accomplished and qualified to assist whether it be in state or federal court. Because of our years of service, we have an extensive background and experience in handling and assisting in different cases. We are known to have an excellent track record for over two decades. We have built great relationships with a lot of lawyers because we have been assisting them with high-quality research and other necessities for the cases of their clients.
Preliminary Sentencing Assistance (PSA)
NLPA’s PSA service is a subscription to information involving things such as:
- How to fight sentencing enhancements;
- Downward departures that can be used to help receive a prison sentence reduction;
- Alternative sentencing programs that could be used by the court to help a defendant get home sooner;
- Techniques for modifying the Pre-sentence Investigation (PSI) Report to make sure a sentence is based upon only accurate information and the procedural requirements of Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures as they relate to sentencing;
- Periodic docket sheet updates from the court as to activities taking place in your case.
- Please note: under this level of assistance NLPA is prohibited from providing research assistance or advice directly to the defendant regarding your case. But with the expressed authorization of your attorney NLPA will provide you with copies of the research that we provide to counsel. In the absence of your attorney’s authorization, subscription to NLPA’s PSA can provide you and your family with docket entries in your case and publications concerning the above related matters. If your attorney does express willingness to work with NLPA, we can then offer our Full Sentencing Assistance service for an additional fee.
Full Sentencing Assistance (FSA)
Our Full Sentencing Service involves having our researchers work hand-in-hand with your attorney. In this capacity NLPA would assist counsel in the preparation of:
- Objections / Motion to Correction the Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) Report and Memorandum of Law In Support.
It is oftentimes the government’s practice to insert into the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (PSI), which is prepared by the United States Probation Office, extremely derogatory information concerning the alleged activities of the defendant. If this information is not corrected by counsel prior to sentencing, it could result in a significantly enhanced sentence being imposed by the court, as the sentencing guideline score is based upon many of the allegations contained in the PSI. Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure lays out the specific requirements that must be followed procedurally by counsel if the defendant controverts statements contained in the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report which may be relied upon by the court in imposing sentence. NLPA could assist your attorney in the preparation objections to this report and, if necessary, a motion to correct this report.
One additional important aspect of the necessity to file a motion to “clean up” the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report is that by filing such a motion, a defendant makes a record in the trial court of the objections which that have been raised to the information which is being utilized by the court to impose a sentence.
- A Detailed Sentencing Memorandum. The sentencing memorandum helps to explain to the Judge all of the additional reasons why the sentence should be lower than what the PSI recommends and would address downward departure issues, mitigating information and alternative sentencing programs and designation requests that can be utilized by the court to grant a lower sentence than is being requested by the prosecutor. NLPA can also assist counsel in making a formal request to the court for specific designation to a facility near your family to serve any sentence ultimately imposed.
- There are over 100 downward departure provisions that the judge could use to help a defendant receive a lower sentence. Of course, not all of these apply to every case. However, obviously the judge will not be the person “burning the midnight oil” the night before sentencing trying to come up with ways of giving a defendant a lower sentence than the prosecution is requesting. That is the defense’s job and an area where NLPA can assist your attorney.
When the convicted enters a plea in court, a probation officer will meet him or her. The probation officer will then conduct the presentence investigation and ask questions. The questions that will be asked are not only towards the accused, but it may also be to family members. The interview may be about:
- Family history
- Community ties
- Educational background
- Information about employment
- Physical, mental and emotional health
- Financial stability and situation
- If there is a history of drug abuse
- Willingness to accept accountability of what he or she has done
The presentence investigation plays a vital role in the court’s part of deciding the sentence that is why the defendant and the family members must be ready for the presentence investigation. This is something that NLPA can help you with. We can make sure that the defendant is ready for the investigation so that the sentence will be reasonable.
The probation officer also does home visits to check the living condition in the home of the defendant. During the visitation, the probation officer might also ask questions to the family members. This also plays a significant part in the decision of the court that is why it is recommended that you work with us at NLPA. We can also prepare your home and your family members for the visitation of the probation officer. Note that the probation officer can even go to the workplace and talk to the employer of the defendant. Employment records and scholastic records can be reviewed by the probation officer.
The probation officer is the one who will present the presentence report to the court, the verification, assessment, and gathered information will be made into a report and the probation officer will give it to the court. The presentence report is then one of the big basis of the court when deciding for the sentence of the accused. That is why the accused and the family members must prepare for the presentence investigation since the sentence might depend there. NLPA has been assisting defendants over the years when it comes to presentence investigation and other matters related to it.
The presentence report is shown to the defendant and the counsel, and if something is not fair or true about it, they can make objections. The objections can be raised through a formal process. NLPA can also assist in this phase.
An additional service NLPA can provide involves making written requests to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Designation Office to encourage them to assign a defendant to the best possible facility to serve his term of incarceration. There are BOP facilities scattered across the country and a federal defendant could be designated to any of these facilities, even if his case originates from or his family is located in a place much farther away.
If you’re preparing for sentencing in a criminal case, the last thing you need on your plate is the added stress paying for your legal team. NLPA also offers competitive pricing for our sentencing services as well as a number of different financing options and payment plans.
The bottom line is that whether your sentencing will be held in state or federal court and no matter what you are charged with – if you need assistance, NLPA is here to help. For more information about how we can assist, contact us today for more information. Whether you need help from our post conviction specialists, or assistance writing a letter to appeal charges, we’re here for you.
Or if you are an attorney and you need assistance in your cases, you can work with our legal team at NLPA. We have qualified and experienced researchers who are ready to aid you and your clients. You do not have to work alone, get yourself a team to handle the researches needed while you meet and get more clients. NLPA is here to assist you and for us to know how we can, you have to tell us about your firm and the current situation of a case you wish to get help for. We are more than willing to aid you in the most critical times and every phase of a case.
The motto of NLPA is “We listen, we care, we get results.” And because of our philosophy, we can help a lot of attorneys and their clients for over 20 years. NLPA’s goal is to provide high-quality assistance and researches to attorneys and fight for justice. A team of researchers and paralegals assisting an attorney can make results better for the defendant. Because of the great relationships we have built with attorneys over the years, we have a great network and we have grown. Let us assist you in your preliminary sentencing. We are ready to aid you and your counsel. Let us fight for justice with you.
For more information about how we can assist, contact us today for more information. Whether you need help from our post-conviction specialists, or assistance writing a letter to appeal charges, we’re here for you. Call us today. You can reach us at (866) 663-7440. Or you can reach us through our contact form on our website. We are more than willing to assist you. Contact us.