How Federal Courts Determine Penalties
Whether you are under investigation, under arrest or preparing for trial, knowing what you are up against in federal court is crucial. The potential penalties of a federal crime can change your life both now and in the future.
At S. Patrick Dray, PA, our experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the probable sentence for the charges against you – and how to advocate for reduced penalties when possible. We will stand up for your interests and fight to get you the best resolution possible.
Sentencing In Federal Court
Federal judges use a two-step process to decide how to match a sentence to a conviction as follows:
(1) The judge will consult the appropriate Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual and compute the Advisory Guideline Range with the assistance of the United States Probation Office. Attorney S. Patrick Dray, has been very successful at convincing judges that the guidelines are advisory only and should be reduced in individualized cases.
(2) Once the advisory guideline sentence is calculated; the judge must consider other factors under 18 USC §3553, or more commonly known as the “3553” factors. Here, Attorney S. Patrick Dray has been very successful at lowering the advisory guidelines to minimize the exposure a client faces; and more importantly, he has proven to persuasively explain to numerous judges why the 3553 factors should be lowered – again – to produce a lower punishment or departure/variance downwards from the advisory sentencing guidelines.
In addition to defending you throughout all stages of a criminal prosecution — and arguing for the lost sentence possible — attorney S. Patrick Dray will work diligently to preserve your future and freedom as much as possible.
Trust Our Experience In Federal Criminal Cases
We represent clients across Florida and the country in a wide range of federal cases, such as:
Our firm has a longstanding reputation for success and depth of legal knowledge. In fact, attorneys throughout the U.S. turn to us for support with their criminal law cases. If you face the challenges of the federal criminal court system, S. Patrick Dray, PA, will be ready to guide you forward.
Protect Your Rights And Freedom
Judges do not have to issue the same sentence that the guidelines suggest. That’s because the guidelines are advisory and judges have the power to choose.