Your family and friends know why you shouldn't go to prison. Shouldn't your judge?
Dear Resilient Course Visitor:
How much thought have you given to your upcoming sentencing hearing? How do you anticipate the hearing will unfold?
Through our courses, we will teach you exactly what to expect. When it comes to the sentencing hearing, expect the following:
Sure, your defense attorney will argue for leniency. But what tools are you giving the attorney? If you don’t do your part, you will tie your defense attorney’s hands. Basically, all he’ll be able to say is that you’re a good person, from a good family, and you’re sorry.
But is that really enough?
What have you done to influence the judge’s decision?
Whether you participate in the sentencing hearing or not, your judge is going to make a decision. The sentencing decision will influence the rest of your life.
In an effort to assist members of Resilient Courses, we’ve created a Character Reference course for anyone that faces a sentencing hearing.
Listen to what Judge Bough told our team about his thoughts on character-reference letters.
What do We Know About Character-Reference Letters?
Our team has worked with more than 1,000 people that have been sentenced for felonies, misdemeanors, and driving offenses. We know that every person that appears before a sentencing judge shares one factor in common.
They all want to receive the least-severe sanction possible.
Unfortunately, few of those people provide well-structured and well-developed reasons on why they’re excellent candidates for mercy.
As a strategy, we know that every person should consider launching a character-reference, letter-writing campaign. But does everyone know what they’re doing?
Most members of Resilient Courses have never been arrested before. They’ve never known anyone that needed a character-reference letter to influence a judge’s decision at sentencing. They don’t have anywhere to turn for guidance.
Attorneys frequently tell them:
But the attorneys rarely provide guidance on character-reference letters.
If the attorney hasn’t taken the time to help a client understand the judge’s perception on character-reference letters, then where does a person turn for that guidance?
A person being sentenced is about to make the biggest sale of his life. Perhaps he should learn from the process that business leaders go through when they contemplate sales. First, they get to know the customer. What factors influence a customer’s buying decisions? Since business leaders have invested considerable amounts of capital to build a product, they may hire marketing teams and professional sales coaches to help them craft a message. More than anything, they want to communicate to their client in ways that will influence the buying decision of their products.
Would you say that your liberty is more or less valuable than any product? If your liberty is important, then perhaps it makes sense to understand more about what will influence a judge’s decision.
Here are the facts:
Launching an effective character-reference letter writing campaign requires a lot of thought and deliberation. It may sound easy. But doesn’t it sound easy to create any marketing campaign? Think of some of the most effective marketing messages:
You may or may not know all of those marketing messages. But there is a good chance that you know some of them. The reason, of course, is that business executives poured millions of dollars into creating campaigns to drive home that message and influence buying decisions.
Shouldn’t you invest time, energy, and resources to build your message? Shouldn’t your judge know the reasons why you’re worthy of mercy?
Get our Character Reference Course to Learn More!
Anyone that faces any type of hearing where a judge will make a determination would benefit from our Character-Reference course. For example:
Driving Under the Influence:
I’ve been charged with a DUI, would I benefit from your character-reference course? Yes. In some states, driving under the influence can result in imprisonment and the loss of driving privileges. For some professions, a DUI can result in the loss of licenses and livelihood. Our character-reference course can help.
I’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, do I really need to go through a character-reference course? Yes. Authorities charged Denzel Washington with misdemeanor tax evasion. A judge sentenced him to serve three, consecutive, one-year terms in federal prison. In this era of mass incarceration, even movie stars face severe punishments. A character-reference course may help influence better outcomes.
I’ve been charged with felony crimes that could keep me in prison for many years. Is there anything I can do? Yes. You can learn everything there is to know about preparing for the best possible outcome. Invest the time and energy to help the judge fully grasp why you’re worthy of mercy. Our character-reference course should be a part of multi-tiered approach.
We’re convinced that any person scheduled to appear before a sentencing judge would benefit from our character-reference course.
Get everything you need to launch an effective character-reference letter-writing campaign, including:
The course also dispels many myths and misperceptions about character-reference letters. For example, many people that have not gone through our course believe:
Our Character-Reference course will present you with clear steps you can take to advance an effective campaign. The character-reference letters you receive should become an integral part of the sentence-mitigation effort you make. Taken together, your letters will help you build an effective story for your judge, showing why you’re worthy of mercy.
Will this character-reference course result in a lower sentence?
We don’t have any idea what will happen at your sentencing hearing. We don’t know anything about the charges brought against you, about the evidence the prosecutor will present, about the effectiveness of your defense attorney, or about other factors that will influence the judge’s decision. All that we know is that judges that have told us that they want to know about the people they’re about to sentence. And a character-reference campaign should be an essential component of a strategy to help the judge learn more about why you’re worthy of mercy.