Federal Sentencing Guidelines
What Penalties May I Face in Denver?
When a person has been convicted of a crime in federal court, the judge
must consult the United States Sentencing Guidelines when fashioning the
sentence. These sentencing guidelines can be extremely harsh and the judge
must use them as a baseline for the sentence to be imposed. However, because
the United States Supreme Court decided the sentencing guidelines are
now advisory only and no longer mandatory, it has opened the door for
a defendant to argue for a more favorable sentence than what the sentencing
guidelines would dictate.
A federal judge must impose "a sentence sufficient, but not greater
than necessary, to comply" with the factors outlined in Title 18
U.S.C. Â§3553. It is through this statute that the defendant
is now capable of providing the Court with favorable information and can
seek a sentence of something other than what is advised by the federal
- Depending on the severity of the crime, you may face the following penalties:
- Jail or prison time
- Heavy fines
- Loss of professional licenses
- Loss of driver’s licenses
- Negative social standing
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A Denver Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Understands the Process
The Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C., has represented thousands of defendants in
federal court and knows the sentencing procedures and how to obtain a favorable result
for the client. If you are charged in federal court, you need this kind
of experience to help you through this ordeal. However, you must begin
this process immediately after being charged. Do not hesitate, call me
immediately. Having an attorney experienced in federal criminal defense
on your side can make all of the difference in the sentence imposed.
Call the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C.
today at 303.622.3281.