Prison Sentence Reduction

Sentencing comes after conviction and for most that find themselves facing this process, the usual feeling is one of resignation. Since guilt seems to have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, there is a tendency to simply sit and accept whatever follows. After all, there’s nothing you can do.

However, that is almost always wrong. Like conviction, sentencing is only one of the several phases that a criminal trial goes through and contrary to what most think, a lot can still happen after sentencing and during appeals.

With specialist support, it is still possible for defendants to find a positive conclusion to their case, despite the odds stacked against them. It is still possible for prison sentences to be reduced and alternative (more favorable) sentencing to be sought.

With the right support, an unfavorable trial can be turned around at the last instant and transformed into an almost miraculous win. This is the support that National Legal Professional Associates (NLPA) provides to its clients.

At NLPA, have a deep understanding of the principles and rules that guide sentencing in the US. For more than 25 years, we have been putting this knowledge to work on behalf of defendants all over the country and in that time, we have helped hundreds secure better outcomes.

We believe no case is truly over until all possible alternatives have been exhausted, and no one is better than us at finding the trump card that makes the difference.

Sentencing rules in the US

The US has an extensive body of principles, statutes and rules that guide sentencing for criminal offenses. Once a crime has been proved, the next question that the court must determine is what sentence the law prescribes for the offense.

Although this may seem straightforward, it can be very complicated, more often than not. The sentencing rules usually contain recommendations for a wide variety of important factors including:

  • Sentencing ranges, which determine the maximum and minimum punishments that can be imposed for a crime;
  • Sentencing enhancements, which describe circumstances in which a greater punishment than ordinarily prescribed can be imposed;
  • Mandatory sentences, in regard to which the court is expected to impose the prescribed punishment without exercise of discretion; and
  • Mitigating factors, which are vital facts and circumstances that operate in favor of the defendant and may result in a reduced sentence.

The rules will also include the possibilities for alternative sentencing including community service, probation and incarceration in specific facilities. These rules are often spread over a variety of statutes such that it will often take a monumental effort to find and exploit all the rules that may be favorable to a defendant.

In our experience, if sentencing is allowed to go without much input from the defendant or defense team, nothing can stop the worst from happening. The prosecution will, by default, ask the court for the harshest punishment possible and this may see the defendant spend years or even their whole life in prison.

But that will always be a mistake. We have made it our business to thoroughly understand how the sentencing rules apply in any given case. With our quality legal research assistance, we have helped defendants in even the most unfavorable circumstances access reduced sentences and more favorable disposition.

We can get the law to work for you

NLPA has earned a reputation for helping its clients obtain successful outcomes. We have a solid track record of helping defendants find the best possible results, through their attorneys. This is why we are universally regarded as one of the best legal research teams available.

With our knowledge and expertise, you can quite rightly say we know exactly how to help you find a positive outcome. Although no one can guarantee success in every case, we can guarantee that you will have the best and most experienced lawyers working on your behalf.

Our track record speaks for itself as we have assisted hundreds of clients at the pre-trial, trial and post-conviction stages. We keenly understand the principle, statutes and rules that underpin the US sentencing guidelines, and we can put this deep expertise to work for you. Our services include:

  • Preliminary sentencing assistance: We can provide defendants and their attorneys with information on how to fight enhancements. Many Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) reports include information that is derogatory and detrimental to the defendant. We can provide techniques to ensure the sentence is based only on accurate information. We know what downward departures can best suit a defendant’s case and how to persuade the court to let the defendant go home sooner.
  • Full sentencing assistance: Under this service, our researchers work to prepare thoroughly researched objections and motions to correct the PSI and Memorandum of Law in support. Wrongful information in the PSI can be extremely detrimental to the defendant. We understand how to deal with this and can work together with defense counsel to persuade the court to dismiss offending information.
  • Institutional destination: We can assist in making written requests to the Bureau of Prisons to consider alternative disposition of the defendant. There are a wide variety of institutions where a defendant may be incarcerated. We can help in petitioning for the best possible facility where the defendant can serve his term of incarceration.

Our track record speaks for us

We have worked with defendants and their counsel from all over the US. All through these engagements, we have earned a reputation as a legal research firm that helps its clients obtain positive results.

When defendants and their counsel approach us to provide assistance, they do so with the confidence that we will provide valuable help. Take a look at what our clients have said about us. Here are some of the results that we have secured:

  • US v Addison: Defendant was recommended for life imprisonment. After we got involved, we were able to assist in getting the sentence reduced to 260 months in jail.
  • US v Alexis: The defendant was recommended for between 360 months to life imprisonment in the PSI. We assisted in getting this reduced to 260 months, saving 15 years of the defendant’s life.
  • US v Armstrong: The defendant was recommended for 96 months in jail. Through our intervention, this was reduced to 63 months, saving 3 years of the defendant’s life.
  • US v Bekic: He was recommended for 180 months in jail. We were able to assist in reducing this to 60 months, saving 10 years of the defendant’s life.
  • US v Bellamy: The defendant was recommended for a jail term between 240-262 months in the PSI. We intervened and assisted to reduce this to 108, saving 11 years of the defendant’s life.

These results show only a bare fraction of the consistent results we provide our clients. You can check here to see our track record in several other cases over our 25-year experience.

Contact us today

If you are preparing for a sentencing in a criminal case, avail yourself of this opportunity and contact us right away. No matter where your sentencing will be held, and regardless of what you are charged with, we can help.

Reach out to us today and let us put our deep expertise and knowledge of the US sentencing rules to work for you. For more information about how we can help, contact us today.

Post-Conviction Relief

There is almost nothing as frightening as answering to a criminal charge. This is especially the case for defendants facing the full wrath of the system, with all the odds stacked up against them. But while facing the trial is difficult, dealing with the news that you have been convicted is much harder. For even defendants with the best and most dedicated of counsel, it can feel a bit like trying to pull the fat out of the fire at this stage. Despite this, you should know that the journey is not over, even at that stage. With specialist help, it is possible to fight a criminal conviction in several ways, including by challenging the sentence or even getting the conviction overturned. At National Legal Professional Associates (NLPA), this is exactly the kind of specialized help we provide to defendants and their counsel. For more than 25 years, we have actively assisted defendants through their lawyers, providing crucial research and preparing legal briefs that have gotten hundreds off the hook. From pre-trial to post-conviction relief, we have demonstrated time and again that criminal charges, convictions and sentences can be defeated, with the right team. We can confidently say that our team of established and well-respected lawyers can provide the crucial difference that secures your freedom.

The criminal law can be very harsh

At NLPA, we have seen enough criminal charges and convictions to know that the criminal law can be very harsh. In our experience, even seemingly straightforward cases hold the very real threat of conviction and incarceration for long periods. With more finely-balanced cases, the threat is only worse. This is because when facing a criminal charge, the defendant has to fight a battle on three fronts. A defendant has to contend with:
  • The heavy hand of the law, which in its black and white letters portend serious consequences in the event of a finding of guilt;
  • The apathy of the judge, which unfortunately exists due to the thousands of cases that they have to deal with; and
  • The doggedness of the prosecution, with its drive to secure conviction and punishment, almost at any cost and often at the detriment of the defendant.
Although judges try their best to be fair, they can become inured to the whole process because they think they have seen it all. Due to this, the judge may unconsciously judge the defendant based on set stereotypes or prejudices. The prosecution can often get overly enthusiastic and in their drive to prop up their “conviction statistics”, may operate just within the bounds of the law. These factors taken together can make prosecutions for serious offenses extremely difficult. But things only get more difficult in the event of conviction. Once a pronouncement of guilt has been made by a court, all the other courts tend to treat the defendant as a convict. Fighting from this position can be hard, especially when there are many extenuating circumstances involved. However, as we have seen time and again, it is possible to pull the fat from the fire, even after guilt has been pronounced. We have made it a specialty of ours to dig deep and find the resources that provide the turning point a defendant needs to establish innocence, reduce the sentence or get the conviction overturned.

We can help you fight back

At NLPA, we provide legal advice to assist defendants and their defense teams in a wide variety of areas. We particularly excel at going over the facts of the case with a fine comb and carrying out research that will provide the trump card in the criminal proceedings. We believe that everybody deserves the chance of a fair legal defense backed by towering legal authorities and resources. For the vast majority of our clients, we are not just providing a service that fills a need for outsourced legal research, we provide specialist advice that makes the difference. We have more than 25 years’ experience in helping defendants that have the weight of the law against them. No matter how difficult the case seems, no matter how weighted the facts seem to be against the defendant, we have a solid track record of delivering results. We provide legal and research consulting services to a range of law firms including solo law practices, large law firms, and firms that are temporarily under-staffed. We also provide legal research services to defendants who, for finance purposes, are unable to hire a full-time lawyer. We can help you fight your case, even though you have been convicted. We can provide relief in the following areas:
  • Case evaluation: One of the first areas in which we provide post-conviction relief is in preparing a case evaluation that outlines the issues on appeal. This service includes outlining the facts that will be crucial to your case and what legal issues should form the backbone of your post-conviction motions. We assist in preparing these post-conviction motions to emphasize issues favorable to your appeal, drawing on our deep experience.
  • Plea negotiations: Although you may have agreed to a plea bargain, you should know the case is not over. Most people think that after accepting a plea bargain, you must also accept the sentence and nothing can be done about it. However, there are many other factors that we can influence in your favor to petition for a lower sentence. We can review a wide variety of downward departures, mitigating factors and alternative sentencing programs that can reduce your potential sentence.
  • Appeal assistance: Regardless of what stage your case has reached in the appeal process, our research staff can make the difference. We keenly understand the procedure in the various levels of criminal appeal courts and know what to expect. No matter which of these courts you are required to appear in, we are dedicated to finding the best arguments on your behalf and ensuring that no stone is left unturned in your defense.
  • Attorney services: We have provided research services to and completed projects for law firms from all over the US. In this time, we have addressed practically every issue involved in post-conviction matters and most, twice over. All our work is prepared by licensed attorneys who have been trained at the best US law schools. With the wealth of experience and expertise we provide, NLPA will be the best partner you can possibly want on your side of the bar.

For us, your case is never closed

Although many defendants believe that conviction pretty much spells the end of their case, we take a different view. We have literally made it our job to explore, study and understand all the aspects in which a case can be won, at the pre-trial, trial and post-conviction stage. For us, no case is really over until all possible options have been exhausted. With our knowledge and expertise, we can find the strongest factors that can help your case and assist your attorney in bending them to your favor. If you have been sentenced and do not know how to proceed from there, NLPA can help your counsel prepare a thoroughly researched appeal. We can help you research and build a carefully crafted post-conviction motion to reduce your sentence or, if applicable, overturn the conviction. Contact us today to get more information about how we can help in your situation.