The federal judge in this case has a guideline that they must go by. The factors are criminal history, level of violence, money involved and the basic points of the crime. Once they have a range, it is entirely up to the judge. The prosecutor will make their recommendation, if your daughter is pleading to a charge that was negotiated, then she will know what they are suggesting. They have already told her that they can only recommend the sentence, the judge can do whatever they determine to be fair. Then there is her attorney's report as to a suggested sentence and finally a Pre-Sentence Investigator's Report which also recommends a sentence. Her time spent in Florence will be deducted from the time she gets as her commitment time. Since we are not involved in what was said and what was offered, we can only guess at an outcome. Pleading guilty and taking responsibility for her crime will go a long way towards getting the best outcome she could hope for under the circumstances.
Ask her attorney about RDAP. It's a program that if she qualifies for will take 12 months off her sentence and guarantee 6 months or more of half-way house. If she does not answer her PSI report in the correct fashion, she will not get it once she is in the system. Now is the time to prepare for this program, BEFORE sentencing.
Accepted Answer Date Created: January 20,2016