My lawyer has asked me to provide letters from my family and friends in preparation for my upcoming federal criminal case in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Why would he do that?

Character Letters

            We collect, review and submit character letters in almost every case.  These letters contain important information about a person that extends beyond what is contained in the Pre-Sentence Report.  For example, a judge may consider information about the support a defendant has from his or her family because people are less likely to reoffend if they have support in the community.  A judge may consider circumstances where a parent or child has a particular need for the care that can only be provided by the defendant.  This type of information is of information is often contained in character reference letters.

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