Federal Sentencing

Both State and Federal courts employ sentencing guidelines in an effort to limit sentencing disparities. However, the Federal sentencing guidelines are significantly more complex than the sentencing guidelines used in Minnesota State courts. If you are a defendant in a Federal case, you should hire an attorney who fully understands the complex U.S. sentencing guidelines and the decisions of U.S. courts concerning their application.

Under recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including United States v. Booker the Federal sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory, but advisory. Consequently, U.S. sentencing guidelines no longer dictate a defendant’s sentence. However, U.S. District Court judges are required to begin the sentencing process by evaluating the guidelines in each defendant’s case. More than ever, it is important that a defendant hire an attorney who is able to both analyze the sentencing guidelines and provide convincing arguments for a shorter sentence to the presiding judge. You want an attorney experienced in handling the complex arguments necessary to obtain the best possible sentences in U.S. District Court.

What should I do if I am facing a Federal sentencing?

If you are charged with a Federal offense, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney and sentencing lawyer as soon as possible. Glenn P. Bruder’s understanding of the Federal sentencing guidelines allows him to develop arguments to give his clients the shortest possible sentence.