Why is my work history an important part of my Pre-Sentence Interview, Pre-Sentence Report and Sentencing Hearing in a North Carolina federal criminal prosecution?

Work History

            Judges tend to look closely at a defendant’s work history.  If a person has a good work history, judges interpret this to mean that the person has been a productive and law abiding citizen.  If a person has not been consistently employed, judges often conclude that the person has been engaged in criminal activity instead.  Information about your work history is collected in and after the Pre-Sentence Interview.  Preparation is essential.  Employment history should be complete.  Gaps must be explained.

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