Sentencing.


Sentencing

Representation for Federal and State Sentencing

Kresta’s goal is to obtain the lowest possible sentence for her clients.  Criminal sentencing, in both state and federal court, is complex.  The facts of every case are different and every client is unique.  Kresta spends time with her client and with her client’s family first to determine the best strategy and the best arguments to be used at sentencing. Kresta develops a sentencing plan; specific things her clients need to do, specific things experts or investigators need to do and specific things she needs to do in order to achieve the lowest possible sentence.

It is extremely important to retain a lawyer who is experienced in sentencing issues and who knows how to present a persuasive argument to the court in order to effectively make an argument for a reduced sentence.

Contact Federal and State Criminal Sentencing Lawyer Kresta Daly (916) 440-8600

If you or a loved one is facing sentencing in a criminal case and need experienced legal counsel contact Kresta Daly today for an evaluation of your sentencing options.  Every case and every individual’s circumstances are different.  You need a lawyer who will take the time to meet with you and your family, develop a sentencing mitigation plan, tell your story and highlight the factors to persuade the court to order a lower sentence.

Federal Court Results

  • A California federal grand jury indicted a successful business person who was accused of embezzling over $100,000 from their employer.  They faced many years in prison.  The government recommended a sentence of 41-51 months.  Kresta Daly filed a mitigation brief and successfully argued for a sentence of 1 year and one day.
  • A man was accused of receipt and distribution of child pornography.  He had tens of thousands of images on his computer that he had traded with other individuals for years. The minimum sentence was five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.  After Kresta was retained she discovered the man had developed a severe addiction to pornography during a particularly stressful time in his life.  Kresta developed a sentencing mitigation plan for the man which included treatment.  The man ultimately plead to a lesser charge and received a substantially lower sentence.

State Court Results

  • A woman was accused of attempting to murder her husband after she shot him in the stomach – she was facing 15 years to life in prison.  Kresta Daly was retained, conducted a thorough investigation and proved the woman shot her husband was because she was suffering from Battered Woman’s Syndrome caused by her husband’s violent and abusive conduct.  After negotiations the woman spent just a few months in county jail.
  • A young man from a successful family was accused of breaking into a home, robbing people and using a weapon.  He faced being convicted of multple felony strikes and many years in prison.  At sentencing the judge dismissed the accusation of breaking into a home over the District Attorney’s objection and the young man was sentenced to time on an ankle bracelet.

I have had the honor of working with Kresta several times over the years when she has retained me as an expert witness for clients she represented. She has always been excellent to work with, showing true caring for her clients and providing them with exceptional representation.

Dr. Linda Bernard

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