In sum, an effective sentence mitigation plan will strive to achieve several outcomes:

• It will help the judge see and understand the defendant as an individual
• It will help the judge grasp influences that led the defendant to the current situation
• It will help the judge see aspects of the defendant’s life that could not be conveyed by the defense attorney’s eloquence alone
• It will help the judge see the defendant in his own environment
• It will help the judge learn what other people in the community think about the defendant

Our new video features a client, Rich, who worked tirelessly to implement his sentencing mitigation plan. What was the result of his hard work? Well, I guess the title to this blog gave it away! He got six months in federal prison rather than 37-46 months, which is what his lawyer told him to expect.

To learn how Rich used sentencing mitigation to shorten his federal prison sentence, watch our new video here or click the video image below.

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Justin Paperny

P.S. Below is the message Rich sent me after his sentencing (I also inserted a photo of the text in our video).

“I wanted to thank you for your sage advice.

Last November, I plead guilty to a Medicare conspiracy charge that had a sentencing guideline of 37-46 months.

My original sentencing hearing was scheduled for this past April, that was postponed until December 1 due to the pandemic.

When I spoke to you last November, you gave me advice that I took to heart.

Ultimately, I wrote a letter to the judge that I read out loud as part of my elocution.

Thanks to your advice, the judge commended me on the depth and sincerity of my elocution (he told me that it was the most heartfelt elocution he’s ever heard on the bench) and sentenced me to six months in a minimum security federal prison camp with six months of house arrest parentheses (no ankle bracelet).

Following your advice made all the difference in my sentencing— and it helped me start me on the road to my redemption in the eyes of society— and for the people I love most.

I want to thank you personally— and I promise to write a testimonial on your behalf.

Thank you for helping me at the time of my most dire need”