Many Federal Drug Sentences May Be Cut By Up to Two Years!
The United States Sentencing Commission has proposed changes in the federal sentencing guidelines which will allow many individuals who are in jail to have their sentences reduced. The commission recommended a two point decrease in the guideline range for a drug offenses. The best news is that this change will be retroactive, which means those who are already sentenced and in jail will be able to petition the court for release. This change will become effective on November 1, 2014 if Congress does not oppose this change in the law.
Sentence reductions will not be made automatically and individuals, in most instances, will not be given an attorney to petition the court. What this means is that eligible individuals who want this reduction should immediately hire an attorney to make application to the court. Currently the Department of Justice estimates that there may be 46,290 inmates eligible for relief. The average length of federal drug sentences nation-side is 72 months. It is estimated that the average sentence reduction will be twenty-four months !
There is no right to be present at any hearing on the sentence reduction. These reductions will be made by application to the court. The judge will take into consideration any evidence that the inmate is dangerous and also solicit the opinion of the Assistant United States Attorney. People will only be given one chance to prepare an application for a federal sentence reduction. Thus, if you can afford one, it is very important that you hire a lawyer knowledgeable about federal sentencing law, and in particular, modifying federal sentences. At the Law Office of Russell Babcock, we are the experts in federal crime and sentencings. Call us today to see if you or your loved one is eligible for a federal sentence reduction.
At the Law Offices of Russell Babcock, we are the recognized leaders in defending against all types of federal charges including petitioning the federal court to lower a sentence. Call today or email the law firm for a free consultation to see if you, a family member, a loved one, or friend is eligible to be released from federal custody many months earliers those who are already sentenced and in jail will be able to petition the court for release.