In New York state court, a sentence is usually negotiated between the defense lawyer and the state prosecutor, which is then presented to the judge for approval. In federal court, the sentencing process differs significantly. While the defense lawyer and U.S. Attorney may negotiate a plea agreement and sentencing range, it is ultimately up to the judge to set the exact sentence. This is why it is critical to seek representation from a criminal defense lawyer that has experience in federal court and understands the factors that the judge will consider when setting a sentence.
New York City federal criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr. has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. If you or a loved one are facing federal criminal charges, contact the Law Office of Paul D. Petrus, Jr. by phone at 212-564-2440 or through their website to arrange a free consultation.