David Helps Client Avoid Prison Time

In U.S v. D.A., the defendant was accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of pharmaceutical drugs unlawfully from California to Washington and Alaska.  The defendant faced a potential federal guideline sentence of over ten years, despite her youthfulness and lack of criminal record.  To protect her from such a draconian sentence, Attorney Dudley worked out a disposition under which she faced a maximum penalty of approximately 33 months, for which the government in fact argued at sentencing.  Directing the district court to the defendant’s very unstable and almost tragic upbringing, along with an older co-conspirator’s manipulation of her, the sentencing judge imposed NO PRISON TIME, placing the defendant instead on an 18-month term of house arrest.

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