What does the judge consider when imposing a Federal Sentence?

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The sentencing judge must consider all “relevant conduct” for certain offenses, mostly drug, theft, and fraud offenses where the “offense level” is based on quantity.  “Relevant conduct” is any conduct that has a common scheme or plan, including charges that were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.  For this reason, plea agreements are often less beneficial than they first seem.  The government still has to prove that you actually committed the crime dismissed in a prior plea agreement.

The sentencing judge must consider all “relevant conduct” for certain offenses, mostly drug, theft, and fraud offenses where the “offense level” is based on quantity.  “Relevant conduct” is any conduct that has a common scheme or plan, including charges for which you were “not guilty.”

When a jury finds you “not guilty,” they have only determined that the prosecution has not met its burden of proving you guilty of all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  The jury has not made the determination that you did not commit the crime.  In a subsequent case a sentencing judge need only determine whether it is more likely than not that you engaged in the conduct previously charged against you.

Since it seems terribly unfair and is disrespectful of a jury’s verdict, some judges in some cases refuse to consider charges for which a person was found not guilty.

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