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June 2016 , Page 28 

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An Introduction to Federal Sentencing

By Alan Ellis

State Practitioners: Don’t Skip This Article!

By Bonnie Hoffman

Although attorneys practicing in state courts sometimes feel articles on federal practice — especially ones on federal sentencing guidelines — are not for them, much can be gained from primers such as this one. Beyond the obvious benefits to anyone considering expanding their practice to federal courts, this article, written by NACDL Past President Alan Ellis, provides valuable information for state practitioners.

First, understanding the factors that are considered in federal sentencing helps to better serve clients who may be facing federal charges in addition to their state cases. Similar to the efforts made to consider the immigration consequences of various charges, sentences and pleas, understanding the impact state court cases can have on federal guideline calculations can prove to be an invaluable asset in negotiating cases and assisting clients in decisions regarding the resolution of their cases. F

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