Working To Lessen The Severity Of Your Sentence

When you either plea or are found guilty, it can seem as though a harsh sentence is imminent. However, in some situations, you may still have options left.

Phillip Stackhouse, Attorney, works with U.S. service members and civilian contractors across California and around the world to achieve a mitigated sentence after a guilty plea or verdict. With nearly two decades of experience as a military and federal defense attorney, Mr. Stackhouse can provide your case with the knowledgeable, strategic approach it needs.

What Is A Mitigated Sentence?

Following a guilty plea or verdict, the sentencing phase of a court-martial immediately follows. During this phase, the offender may present information to the jury prior to sentencing. This is known as mitigation and extenuation. This process can:

  • Provide the jury with a more complete picture of the incident
  • Explain any crucial circumstances or information that contributed to the incident
  • Implore the jury to base their decision on all available information, rather than just the crime
  • Contribute to a lessened or less harsh sentence

Extenuating evidence typically includes the circumstances behind the offense. For example, if a service member deserted their post to visit their sick mother. Mitigating evidence, rather, includes relevant information from the offender's past, personal life or military service. For example, a conviction for possession of child pornography could result in a lessened sentence if the jury learned of the offender's past as a victim of sexual abuse.

A Guilty Plea Or Verdict Is Not The End Of The Road

Attorney Stackhouse comprehensively investigates options to present as mitigating or extenuating evidence. He collaborates with experts in the fields of forensics, psychiatry and psychology, as well as with doctors and investigators, to dig deep into his clients' histories to uncover such circumstances.

Mr. Stackhouse takes a thorough approach to positioning any relevant information. He understands that an emotional and well-presented case will often allow the jury to sympathize with the offender's circumstances. He is committed to protecting the futures of his clients by striving to lessen the severity of looming sentences.

Work With An Experienced Military Defense Attorney

Don't hesitate to contact an experienced defense lawyer to consult on your case. Schedule a free initial case evaluation with Mr. Stackhouse by contacting his San Diego office. Call him at 760-456-5386 or email him through this website.