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If convicted in federal court, attorneys at Strickland Webster may help you request a federal sentence reduction or challenge a reduction denial.

What Is a Federal Sentence Reduction?

Being convicted in federal court can be terrifying, especially when it’s the first time you’ve been charged, and you don’t know what to expect. Whether you have been convicted of conspiracy, drug charges, fraud, or some other federal crime, it’s good to know what would be the type of sentence imposed and if it is possible to get that sentence reduced.

Generally, it is very difficult to have a federal sentence reduced after it is imposed. If someone is being convicted in federal court, the judge will determine the recommended sentencing range under the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which may also establish a mandatory minimum sentence for certain crimes. However, there are some limited options to obtain a reduced sentence

How Do Federal Sentencing Reductions Work?

There are different statutes that can provide federal prison sentence reduction. However, whether the defendant is eligible for sentencing reduction can depend on different factors, such as the defendant’s criminal history and previous convictions. 

For example, if the defendant provides substantial assistance to the prosecution in investigating other criminals or by testifying against their co-conspirators, they may achieve a reduction of their federal prison sentence.

Terminally ill or elderly federal prisoners may be released through a compassionate release. However, those applying must demonstrate extraordinary and compelling reasons to justify their release and exhaust other administrative remedies before petitioning. 

There are also several programs that the Federal Bureau of Prisons administers and which can reduce the amount of defendant’s sentence they are required to serve. 

What Is Amendment 782 or Drug Minus Two?

Specifically, defendants convicted of drug offenses may be able to have their sentences reduced under Amendment 782 to the Sentencing Guidelines. If you or a loved one has been convicted of a drug offense and may be affected by Amendment 782, the district court may automatically determine if you are eligible for a sentence reduction, at least in some areas. 

Comprehensive Guide to Sentence Reduction Strategies

Navigating the complex landscape of federal sentence reduction requires a nuanced understanding of various legal avenues. Among these, compassionate release, Rule 35 motions, and Amendment 782 stand out as pivotal mechanisms for eligible individuals seeking sentence mitigation.

Compassionate Release: This pathway is designed for inmates experiencing extraordinary and compelling circumstances, such as terminal illness or severe disability. The process entails a rigorous application to the Bureau of Prisons, followed by court petitioning if initial appeals are denied. Strickland Webster, LLC, meticulously supports clients through each step, ensuring all procedural and substantive requirements are met.

Rule 35 Motions: A lesser-known but potent tool, Rule 35 allows for sentence reduction in exchange for substantial assistance in investigating or prosecuting other offenders. The firm assists clients in navigating the complexities of cooperation agreements, ensuring their contributions are adequately recognized and rewarded by the prosecution.

Amendment 782 (Drug Minus Two): Specifically targeting drug offense sentences, Amendment 782 provides a framework for reducing sentences based on revised drug quantity calculations. Our attorneys are adept at reviewing eligibility, filing necessary motions, and advocating for clients’ sentence reductions under this amendment.

Navigating Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A Strategic Approach

Understanding the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines is pivotal for anyone facing federal charges. These guidelines, while advisory, play a crucial role in determining the sentencing range for various offenses. The calculation of these guidelines involves a complex matrix that considers the nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history. Factors such as the offense level, which can be increased by aggravating circumstances or decreased by mitigating factors, and the criminal history category, are instrumental in this process.

However, the guidelines are not the final word. Judges have discretion to deviate from these recommendations under certain conditions, making the understanding and strategic use of these guidelines a critical aspect of defense planning. For instance, cooperation with authorities can lead to a downward departure from the guideline range, significantly affecting the sentence’s severity.

Moreover, recent statistics reveal that strategic legal arguments and thorough preparation can influence sentencing outcomes. According to the United States Sentencing Commission, in fiscal year 2020, approximately 70% of sentences fell within the guideline range, highlighting the importance of a well-formulated defense strategy.

In crafting a defense strategy, it is essential to consider all available avenues for mitigating the sentence, including arguing for a lower offense level or seeking variances based on personal circumstances or contributions to the community. The goal is to present a comprehensive, compelling case to the court, emphasizing factors that warrant a more lenient sentence.

By meticulously analyzing the guidelines and leveraging every possible advantage, defendants can significantly impact their sentencing outcomes. This strategic approach requires deep legal knowledge, precise argumentation, and a proactive stance in defense planning.

Step-by-Step Support by Strickland Webster, LLC

  1. Initial Consultation: Our journey begins with a thorough assessment of your case, identifying potential avenues for sentence reduction.
  2. Strategic Planning: Tailoring a strategy that aligns with your unique circumstances, we explore all options, from compassionate release to Amendment 782 applications.
  3. Application and Motion Filing: We meticulously prepare and submit the necessary applications or motions, ensuring every detail is accounted for.
  4. Advocacy and Representation: Throughout the process, our attorneys provide unwavering support, representing you in court hearings and against any challenges.
  5. Follow-up and Adjustment: Recognizing the dynamic nature of legal proceedings, we remain adaptable, ready to adjust our strategies in response to new developments.

Strickland Webster, LLC, is committed to guiding clients through the intricate process of federal sentence reduction. Our approach combines legal expertise with compassionate advocacy, ensuring each client receives personalized and effective representation.

Strickland Webster LLC Can Help You in Your Appellate Case

How Can Our Attorneys Help?

If no court has determined your or your loved one’s eligibility for a sentence reduction or if the court has denied such a reduction, the attorneys at Strickland Webster are able to help you request a reduction or to challenge the denial of that reduction, depending on your needs.  


If you are unsure if relief under Amendment 782 or any prior amendments are available, please contact us at 404-282-4437 to discuss your options.