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Sentencing Guidelines Help

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Federal government and Florida sentencing guidelines are used to determine either a minimum sentence or sentencing range. In the Federal Criminal Court system, guidelines have become ‘advisory,’ and the federal courts are mandated to consider various factors before passing sentence on a defendant.

Florida sentencing guidelines rely on a scheme that is basic and dictates the minimum sentence that a judge can impose for felony cases. Florida also has a non-exclusive list of reasons for a downward departure, but a motion for such a departure must be filed and a hearing scheduled on the motion. A departure hearing can last 10 minutes or 2 days. Oftentimes, a departure hearing has the same look and feel of a trial, but the burden is on the defendant to prove that he or she is worthy of a departure.

Paul DeCailly has had success in obtaining sentences for defendants that are far below the federal and state guidelines. Sentencing is an important part of the criminal justice process and should not be taken lightly, especially when a lengthy prison sentence is recommended. Paul DeCailly has previously been hired as co-counsel in cases where a departure is being sought.

Sentencing is an opportunity for aggressive advocacy on behalf of a client. A pre-plea initial consultation is always free. If you or a loved one is involved with a case going to trial or a plea is planned, contact us for a free consultation.

"We called Paul DeCailly at 10 pm on a Saturday night just hoping to leave a message and we got a live person who patched us through to Paul immediately."



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