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Sentencing procedures

My son is getting sentenced on 1 felony & 1 misdemeanor charge. Are we-the parents-able to speak to the judge in my son’s defense?

Asked on May 6, 2009 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

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R.S.T., Member, NY Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Since he's getting sentenced, it will be too late to speak to the judge "in his defense."  But, if I were your attorney I would have you both appear during the sentencing and the judge would most likely grant you sometime to tell him a little about your son that might make him more lenient toward you son.  If, however, the crimes that your son committed, have minimum sentencing requirements, then the judge's hands are basically tied in most of those cases.  But, I would still have you show up and speak to the judge.  Sometimes, though, it's of no use.  Often times, it helps.  Good luck.


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