There is much more involved in a criminal sentence than a
mechanical application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to your adjudicated
crime. Since January 12, 2005, when the United States Supreme Court
ruled the United States Sentencing Guidelines to be advisory rather than
mandatory, there are a multitude of personal and offense characteristics that
can be considered by the courts in imposing a sentence. An offender can now
receive a downward departure or a discretionary sentence for a multitude
of reasons other than providing “substantial assistance” to the government,
There is also a mechanism available for avoiding a mandatory minimum
sentence. A federal offender can receive a downward departure for physical disabilities, age,
family circumstances, coercion, duress, and mental incapacity, the effect on
innocent third parties the acts of the
victims and even the role of the government. Quite often the granting of these
discretionary departures can eliminate a prison sentence altogether or
significantly reduce the time of incarceration.
Quite often there are diversionary programs, which may be available to eliminate
or minimize a term of incarceration. Community Correction Centers (Halfway
Houses) and Residential Drug Treatment Programs may also be available which can
be an alternative to prison or can substantially reduce a prison sentence.
Additionally, courts can now impose sentences that involve split
sentences, staggered sentences, intermittent sentences, home confinement,
supervised release, probation and
halfway houses rather than just a lengthy period of incarceration in a prison.
A complete and accurate background history as well as an evaluation of the circumstances surrounding your crime may provide
the sentencing judge with the basis for a substantial downward departure from
the initial Federal Sentencing Guideline level.
NPSC provides a thorough and detailed analytical and factual
investigation to determine the availability of any and all methods
to reduce a term of incarceration or eliminate a prison sentence altogether. We
work closely with you, your family, your attorney, and medical and other
professionals to develop a comprehensive presentation to the United States
Probation Department, the Court and the Bureau of Prisons.
For a candid and detailed discussion of what we may be
able to do for you, please contact us.