The United States Sentencing Commission webpage has recently been updated with fascinating information for criminal defense attorneys as well as their federal clients. The information is divided into training material intended for defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges as well as a spotlight section on changes to the law and possible future changes to sentencing.
The spotlight section highlights new information on the recommended expanded safety valve provisions, federal minimum mandatory sentencing and a useful quick guide on minimum mandatory sentencing categories, triggers and exceptions useful in keeping the law handy for practitioners. To find the information just go to the webpage above, look for “spotlight” and keep clicking till your fingers hurt.
Besides the quick spotlight information, the webpage offers an extraordinary amount of new training material for lawyers, prosecutors and judges. Yet this information can be accessed by anyone, so the webpage should be helpful in directing clients toward relevant knowledge about federal sentencing especially if in the difficult position of being a possible target of federal agents, a person of interest in to a federal grand jury or party to any federal investigation.
To gain access to this wealth of material simply go to the webpage above, click on “Education and Training” then click on “Guidelines Education Materials” and look under “Advanced Training Materials.” Here’s a summary of what you’ll find:
Loss Primer, March 2013, Victim Primer, March 2013, Drug Primer, March, 2013, Firearm Primer, March, 2013, Immigrations Primer, April, 2013, Sex Offense Primer, March, 2013, Sex offense primer & Failure to register cases, March, 2013, Aggravating and Mitigating Role Adjustments, March, 2013, Multiple Counts Checklist, Criminal History Primer, April, 2013, Departure and Variance, Primer, June, 2013