Mitigating Factors, characteristics, 3553-WESTERN CENTER FOR DEFENSE ADVOCACY


Defense Based Mitigation Services


Wiggins vs. Smith – “Investigations into mitigating evidence should comprise efforts to discover all reasonable available mitigating evidence and evidence to rebut any aggravating evidence that may be introduced by the prosecutor.”

Justice Sandra D. O’Connor, Wiggins v. Smith (2003).


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If you or someone you know is facing criminal proceedings in federal court, you may find the information posted here of interest to you.

We provide
non-capital, defense based mitigation services to individuals who face proceedings in primarily federal and state court.

We are available for consultation from the beginning of proceedings to the sentencing stage of the proceedings, and often, beyond if needed. We work with Counsel, and the defendant to provide technical case analysis, and act as a support system where comprehension of the intricacies of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines come into play. Comprehension as to how this "sentence by the numbers " is crucial.

Our presentence services include technical consulting, case analysis and research assistance to Defense Counsel by reviewing plea agreements, presentence reports, and objection to presentence reports. From a review of the case documents, we assist by researching the sentencing guidelines variances/downward departures which may available to the client, as well as any mitigating factors which may lessen the impact of the guidelines on sentencing.

Our services also involve working with the families of the sentenced defendant to deal with the trauma of losing their loved one to the system. Referrals to informational systems, answering questions and providing guidance and information to the family is part of the services after sentencing.



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