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A Criminal Defense Attorney Should Review Pre-Sentencing Character Letters

Posted on in Criminal Defense

If you’ve been convicted of a crime, your attorney may advise you to have people close to you write pre-sentencing letters to the judge. This is helpful to present your character to the judge. The letter writer will want to emphasize your good qualities. Here, we’ll review what should go into a character letter.

Business-Like and Formal Tone

The letter should be written in a business-like and formal tone and include the judge's name, address, and title. If possible, the letter should be typed, not handwritten.

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A letter to the judge should include the reasons why you should not be sentenced to jail. The letter should make note of the fact that you have sincerely accepted responsibility for your crime and outline the steps you have taken to rehabilitate yourself. The letter writer can also explain the good deeds you've accomplished since you committed the original crime, including any community service or involvement.

Close Friends and Family

People who are closest to you should write the letters. This can include close friends, family and even your employer. The letter should outline how the writer is related to you, to show credibility. When writing a letter before sentencing, it's best to have a criminal defense attorney review the letters before they are presented to the judge to avoid saying something that could damage your case.

For more information on pre-sentencing character letters, or help in defending your case, contact us. We will sit down and review your circumstances to help in your defense.

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