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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIn many scenarios when someone has been charged with a crime, they have the hope of a plea bargain, particularly if the prosecution has built a strong case against them. Many people understand the concept of plea bargains, largely due to the fact that television shows and movies often include them within the plot of the story. When faced with a criminal trial, though, people are prone to wonder if the prosecution will offer a plea bargain and, if so, whether or not they should accept one.

Although plea bargains are quite common in state courts, they are typically rarely offered in federal court, for many reasons. If offered one, it is in the accused’s best interests to work with a federal criminal defense lawyer that can determine if the plea bargain is in their best interests.

Advantages of Plea Bargains

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyer,If you have been charged with a federal crime such as healthcare fraud or money laundering, you will need to understand how the Federal Sentencing Guidelines work. These guidelines are just that - they are guidelines to help judges decide on appropriate sentences. They are not hard and fast rules.

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are released in a publication every year. Although judges are not required to follow these guidelines, they are required to at least consider them. If a federal judge decides to deviate from these guidelines, they must provide a clear and full explanation of their reason for doing so. Below is a brief explanation of how these guidelines work.

What Are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?

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