Judicial Understanding

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Judicial Understanding

Understanding all stages of the judicial process and mitigation techniques including, but not limited to:

  • The judicial process from target, letter sentencing, surrender, halfway house/home confinement, to release.
  •  The implications of decisions at different stages of the judicial process.

How to create effective mitigation strategies:

  • Develop your personal narrative
  • Assist with your character letters

Many people who are facing criminal charges may be unfamiliar with the legal system, and may not understand the various steps that occur from the time of arrest to the sentencing phase. I can help them navigate this complex process by explaining the procedures involved in pre-trial, trial, and sentencing, and by answering any questions they may have along the way.

How Good Are Public Defenders?

For those charged with federal white collar crimes, the choice of representation is one of the most consequential – and expensive – decisions. Depending on the nature of the charges and the individual attorney, the cost of a private attorney can well exceed $50,000, and are usually six-figures or more.

To that end, many people decide to use a public defender, but are worried that they won’t receive the same quality defense, however, federal public defenders are often some of the best lawyers in the country, especially when the financial considerations are factored in.

What is the Trial Penalty in Federal Criminal Cases?

The “trial penalty” refers to a phenomenon in the U.S. criminal justice system, including federal criminal cases, where defendants who choose to go to trial often face substantially harsher sentences if convicted compared to what they would have received had they accepted a plea bargain. This term is not a formal part of legal doctrine, but rather a colloquial way of describing a widely recognized reality in the court system.

Do Similar Defendants Receive Similar Sentences in the US?

When you or a loved one are due to be sentenced by a federal judge, it can be a confusing and scary time, filled with uncertainty. To cope with those feelings, many people wonder if they can try to ‘predict’ their sentence by looking at the sentences of other defendants with similar charges and guideline points.

In fact, nearly every day, clients ask us “I saw that this person received this sentence, our cases are very similar, do you think that I will get the same sentence?”

The quick answer is: Maybe. But the federal justice system’s lack of transparency means that defendants and their families are often unaware of similar cases, how judges have ruled, and the impact those sentences may have on their own. Clearing up this confusion is an important role Federal Prison Consultants play.

Don’t Pay for a Consultation: Am l eligible for the new 2-point sentence reduction?

I have received dozens of calls and emails from concerned inmates and their families about the two-point sentence reduction that may be coming up for first time offenders with zero criminal history points. I have spoken with many people saying that they’ve spoken with other firms who want to charge them up to $500 just to determine their eligibility for this new program. Why would anyone want to pay for something that should be free, a consultation to simply determine one’s eligibility? We don’t!

What Exactly is a Compassionate Release and Who Qualifies?

I am often asked by those who were recently sentenced or getting ready to surrender to federal prison about their tying to secure a compassionate release. “Compassionate release” is a term used to describe the early release of an inmate from a federal prison due to extraordinary or compelling circumstances that couldn’t reasonably have been foreseen by the court at the time of sentencing.



Why Does Everything Take So Long in the BOP?

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the agency responsible for the federal prison system in the United States, is known for its bureaucratic procedures, which can sometimes cause delays, leading to the perception that “everything takes so long with the BOP.”

Experiencing these delays can be maddening, but understanding some of the factors that contribute to those delays can help reduce any frustration or stress on your end.



How Does a Felony Affect you as a Veteran and your Benefits

I recently spoke with a former client who was sentenced in 2021 to 27 months in federal prison for theft of medical products. The government was asking for his guideline of 47-54 months. He served a total of 9 months in prison, with the rest in a non-custodial environment.

Kevin is a veteran, having served our country in the US Air Force. He was honorably discharged from the military, and served only 9 of those months at the camp at Talladega. He is now starting his 3 years of supervised release. We discussed what programs are available in prison solely for veterans which are also FSA eligible.



What is a federal target letter and what does receiving one mean?

“Federal Target Letters” have been in the news a lot lately, given the ongoing investigations into former President Donald Trump, but most Americans are unfamiliar with what those letters are and what they mean.

First, a federal target letter is a formal written notification from federal prosecutors to an individual, informing them that they are the target of a criminal investigation. This letter is typically sent as part of the pre-indictment phase of a federal criminal case. It is an essential step in the investigative process, signaling that the authorities have gathered evidence suggesting the individual may have committed a federal offense.



What is a proffer session and how can it help or hurt me?

1. Purpose of a Proffer Session: The purpose of a proffer session is for the defendant or their attorney to provide information to the prosecution in exchange for potential benefits, such as immunity, a reduced sentence, or the possibility of charges being dropped. The information shared during a proffer session may include details about the defendant’s involvement in the crime, their knowledge of other criminal activities, or information about co-conspirators.

2. Proffer Agreement: Before participating in a proffer session, the defendant and their attorney typically enter into a proffer agreement with the prosecution. This agreement establishes the terms and conditions of the session, including the scope of the information to be disclosed, the limitations on the use of the information, and any potential benefits offered by the prosecution.



What is a proffer session and how can it help or hurt me?

You may not know that it is possible to change or influence your federal prison camp designation before you surrender, but there are multiple steps you can take which may help. If you would like to change your designation prior to surrendering, the following options may be available to you:

1. Contact Your Consultant: If you’re working with an advisor or consultant, reach out to them as soon as possible prior to your sentencing. They can provide guidance and assistance in navigating the process and advocating for a specific prison camp designation. This needs to be done prior to your sentencing.



What Happens When a Non U.S.Citizen is Charged with a White Collar Crime

Non-U.S. citizens who are charged with a federal white-collar crime in the United States may face various legal and immigration consequences. Here are some possible outcomes:

1. Criminal Proceedings: Non-U.S. citizens are subject to the same criminal proceedings as U.S. citizens when charged with a federal white-collar crime. They have the right to legal representation, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and the opportunity to present a defense.



Federal White Collar Consultant

Prison consultants are individuals or organizations that provide guidance and advice to individuals and their families who are facing incarceration or have already been incarcerated.

My unique combination of knowledge, experience, and skills makes me stand out amongst other advisors.

  • First Step Act
  • Earned Time Credits
  • Sentence Mitigation Assistance
  • RDAP Program
  • Post Sentence Program
  • Personal Assistance for you and your familly throughout this journey

We’re here to protect your business, life and much more…

Sam Mangel’s Mission is to help people who are having the same problem he once had!

Sam Mangel

Federal White Collar Advisor

My name is Sam Mangel and I’m pleased to reveal the back story of how I came to work with people going through the federal justice system. After all, I’m asking you to trust me. It’s only fair that I reveal my background so you will have a better idea of who I am and how I got here. My pathway to working with my team began long ago.

On April 12, 2016, at 7:00 am, I heard a knock on the door of my home. I went and opened it to find about eight people. They wore blue windbreakers with large FBI letters stenciled on them.

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In addition to my personal knowledge and unique insight, I have a wealth of experience representing clients in white-collar criminal matters. Call me today to learn more about how I can assist you. 561-490-4544

My experience convinced me that we all should work to be our best self-advocates. With our team, we work to help others prepare themselves for the best outcomes.

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