Harkey Participates in Federal Sentencing Advocacy Workshop
Winston Salem federal criminal defense lawyer W. Scott Harkey recently participated in the Andrea Taylor Federal Sentencing Advocacy Workshop sponsored by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Defenders Services Office Training Division.
The workshop took place in Charleston, South Carolina and was led by nationally renowned attorneys and mitigation specialists. The federal sentencing workshop focused on training participants to develop persuasive fact-based sentencing theories as a guide to effective advocacy.
Harkey was one of only sixty federal attorneys from across the United States selected to participate in the program. Topics of discussion included fact-busting, interviewing for mitigation, mitigation records collection, persuasive sentencing theories, and persuasive writing.
Every case has a story behind it. Every person has their own story to tell. And telling that story in a persuasive way is extraordinary valuable in achieving a favorable result.
Congress passed the Sentencing Reform Act in 1984, which established federal sentencing guidelines in criminal cases. The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that these guidelines are advisory and not mandatory.
Harkey Litigation is dedicated to keeping up with changes in sentencing laws so we can provide clients with the most aggressive representation possible. If you have questions about a federal charge or other criminal offense, contact our law firm to arrange a free consultation.