Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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If you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges, one of the first questions you may have is "what could happen to me if I am convicted?" First, you must determine whether you have been charged with a crime that is subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence. With few exceptions, mandatory minimum sentences must be adhered to if there is a conviction. Second, you must consult the federal sentencing guidelines.

Every federal crime is given a crime seriousness rating under the guidelines. For each federal crime, there are a number of factors that can raise or lower a particular crime's level of severity. The guidelines also establish rules concerning the ranking of a person's prior criminal history. The guidelines then utilize a matrix wherein the crime severity and criminal history category result in a suggested guidelines sentencing range. Judges are free to consider further arguments on whether the guidelines recommended sentence is too harsh or too lenient.

Contact us online or call us today at (503) 303-0771 to learn more about federal sentencing guidelines and speak with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers in Portland during a free consultation.

Oregon Federal Crimes Defense

While in years past the federal sentencing guidelines were mandatory, they are now advisory only. Although advisory only, federal law requires that the court in any sentencing procedure first accurately determines the guidelines sentencing range. The guidelines suggested range generally creates a starting point from which an experienced Portland criminal defense attorney must begin crafting sentencing arguments for the client. That is why the experience and skills of your federal criminal defense attorney are so critical to the success of your case. If you are facing federal criminal charges, let the seasoned defense attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., help you.

Our lawyers will vigorously argue for the best possible result in your individual case. In federal court, a defendant can argue for a downward departure or downward variance in his or her sentencing. There are many reasons an attorney can argue for warranting a downward departure, such as physical or mental conditions, addictions, and rehabilitation.

Here are several reasons why you should choose us for your federal sentencing issues:

  • All of our criminal defense attorneys have over 20 years of in-depth legal experience, respectively
  • We have a comprehensive understanding of criminal defense law and have successfully helped thousands of clients resolve their legal problems
  • Our attorneys are courtroom veterans who know how to persuasively and eloquently argue the federal sentencing guidelines
  • We provide open-access and personalized legal services to each and every one of our clients

Learn More About Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Our Portland law firm is committed to providing high-quality federal defense at reasonable rates. Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting our clients' rights throughout all stages of the legal process, including sentencing hearings and appeals. We offer a free initial consultation. Call our law firm toll free at (503) 303-0771, or contact us online.

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