The Justice Department recently announced new clemency guidelines which
could make it possible for non-violent, low-level drug offenders, who
are currently serving federal prison time, to apply for and attain an
early release. These guidelines are a key part of the government's
effort to reduce the prison population and take strides towards eliminating
the extensive minimum sentences which were mandatory back in the 1980s.
Those individuals seeking release can submit an application for clemency
providing they meet the specific criteria as laid out by the new initiative.
To be eligible you or your loved one must:
- Be serving a federal sentence that does not exceed the current mandatory
sentence for the same crime.
Be a non-violent offender who has only committed low-level drug crimes
and must not have any "
significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels."
- Have served no less than 10 years of your original sentence.
- Not have a lengthy or substantial criminal history.
- Have demonstrated good behavior and conduct while in prison.
- Not have a history of violence either prior to or during the course of
your prison sentence.
If you or a loved one is currently serving federal prison time on a non-violent
drug offense, a criminal defense attorney at Stornello & Correro Law
Firm, PLLC could assist you to pursue an early release under these newly-released
guidelines. As criminal defense attorneys, we are zealous advocates for
the rights of our clients, and we are committed to doing everything we
can to see our clients are treated fairly. We do not believe people should
receive excessive punishment for minor criminal offenses. Having more
than 25 years of combined legal experience and with a former prosecutor
on our legal team, we are more than qualified to represent your interests
and defend your rights. If you need assistance fighting criminal charges,
or you want to find out whether a loved one may be eligible to apply for
an early release under the new clemency guidelines, we urge you to
contact our firm and speak with one of our Houston Criminal Defense Attorney today.