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What You Should Know Before Your Client's Presentence Interview: A Former Probation Officer's Perspective
By Kenneth Greenblatt
Having worked in the federal probation system for many years, I have
noticed that some attorneys believe the job is done after a defendant
pleads guilty in a federal district court. Some attorneys send their
clients unescorted to the probation office, while others may join their
clients but fail to adequately prepare them for the probation interview.
The following may provide some guidance and insight about the
presentence report that is prepared by probation.
After a defendant pleads guilty in a federal district court, the judge
orders a presentence report, which is an important document utilized
when imposing sentence. This document may even be more important than
the decision to plead guilty to specific counts of an indictment, since
the probation officer makes a recommendation to the court that can
result in a probation term or a significant period of imprisonment.
Having your client prepared for the meeting with the probation officer
may result in a mo
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