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November 2007 , Page 16 

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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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