Because Mitigation in the beginning stages of the proceedings is still a niche industry, unfortunately, many defense attorneys don’t realize that mitigation reports in anticipation of sentencing can be a vital part of sentencing. This has been found to be to the client's detriment.
The mitigation specialist is someone who teams with defense counsel to provide supportive research and significant documented history of the defendant.in relation to obtaining a lower term at sentencing strategy. This is extremely significant in the federal arena because of the impact the sentencing guidelines can have on the term the defendant is facing. In an effort to humanize the defendant in the eyes of the court and present grounds for a lower sentence, mitigation experts identify grounds for departure/variances as sanctioned by the guidelines.
We have assisted Defense Counsel, with mitigation services since 2008.
When providing mitigation services, we scour all documentation looking for opportunities to better the client's potentially bleak situation. We investigate to provide the sentencing court with characteristics of the defendant, childhood trauma, poverty, any circumstances that may have impacted their growth and development any crisis that may arise.
This assistance may be in the form of pre plea consulting, research assistance, and assist with composing alternate presentence reports, sentencing memorandum for clients. We also assist with objections to the presentence report for clients who are seeking in mitigation to lessen the impact of the federal sentencing guidelines on the term the court may impose.
At Arianne Armstrong Consulting, our Vision is to offer the most thorough, professional and effective defense based mitigation services to our clients.
We strive for excellence and effectiveness in assisting the client in receiving the lowest possible sentence by presenting all mitigating factors to the court for consideration of variance/downward departures.