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Old 06-03-2014, 08:08 PM
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Someone I know and do business with regularly has recently pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in federal court in the next few months. I'd like to write a letter to the judge telling him what I know of this person's character. The attorney needs the letter in the next week or so, and I want to make sure I help rather than hurt. What type of things can I include or exclude in order to make my letter useful?
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Since the attorney will be the one who needs to present the letters, I would suggest speaking to him/her about what is most beneficial to the particular case...
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I'd also recommend looking deeper in this forum for suggestions as this question is routinely asked and I don't really feel like repeating my stock answer tonight.

Make sure you address it to the judge, but send it to the attorney. Make sure you keep a copy so you can make adjustments as necessary. Do not be offended if the attorney suggests modifications.
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You can google "Character Letters" and see what they suggest. You need to let the judge know that you are aware of the charges, and you should even spell it out. Try to think of things that this person did to positively impact others' life and mention that he/she is remorseful. There are other tips as well. I liked "armstronglegal.au" for instructions.
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Thank you all for your replies. For some reason I couldn't remember that it was called a character letter - it was much easier to google with the correct term. I was able to write a letter that will hopefully be of some use. Yourself, thank you for suggesting that I save a copy. I would not have thought to do that.
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