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What kind of information is helpful for sentencing?

When a person is to be sentenced by the courts, a criminal lawyer requires information about the accused person and the offence in order to…

  • One – Explain the offending (and any reasons for it that make the person’s offending less serious)
  • Two – Explain the personal background of the person, for example:

    • Any circumstances of the person that warrant a lesser sentence to be imposed
    • Whether the accused person has no prior criminal record
    • Whether they are otherwise of a good character and well respected persons in the community (character references)
    • Whether they suffer from a health condition
    • Whether they suffer from a mental illness (and if so, determine whether a report relating to that mental illness should be obtained)
    • Whether the person has any dependents such as a spouse, children or in some instances, a business owner who has dependent employees

There is no limit on what is material – what is required are detailed instructions from you and your background so that your Glasgow criminal lawyer can make informed decisions as to what submissions are required to be put forward on your behalf so that the right sentence can be imposed. Given the limited extent to which new evidence can be relied upon in an appeal, the time for bringing all relevant information before the Court is prior to your sentencing, so that your criminal lawyer, and more importantly the court, is kept apprised of your personal circumstances.

Character References

Letters of apology or remorse from an accused person.

Medical Reports
Plea Negotiation

Understanding the process of entering a plea