Congress has required federal courts to impose the least amount of imprisonment necessary to accomplish the purposes of sentencing as set forth in § 3553(a) of Title 18, United States Code. Those factors include (a) the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant; (b) the kinds of sentences available; (c) the advisory guideline range; (d) the need to avoid unwarranted sentencing disparities; (e) the need for restitution; and (f) the need for the sentence to reflect the following: the seriousness of the offense, promotion of respect for the law and just punishment for the offense, provision of adequate deterrence, protection of the public from future crimes and providing the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment. See 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a).
Your mitigation package is critical for the court to assess who you are as a person, not simply one moment in time. The attorneys at Harris Carmichael & Ellis are experienced in compiling comprehensive mitigation packages base both on the flaws and irrationality of the guidelines as well as our clients individual characteristics. Contact us to for a free consultation to assess your case and potential mitigation.