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U.S. Justice Department calls for tougher criminal prosecution

During the Obama administration, the United States Justice Department advised that its prosecutors across the country limit jail time and mandatory sentencing for lower level, non-violent crimes. This made it easier for those charged with minor crimes, such as marijuana possession, to receive a more favorable sentence in their case. But some argued that it also led to a rise in criminal activity.

However, the new administration is now reversing this policy, directing U.S. prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense." This aligns with many of the president Trump's initiatives to crack down on crime and support law enforcement across the country. But for lower level offenders, it also means you could be more likely to receive jail time for your offense.

Please contact White Peck Carrington, LLP for any of your criminal defense needs.

The memo released by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions states that the new policy is effective immediately, meaning that federal prosecutors may now be much harsher toward your case. While the measure is meant to target drug dealers and traffickers across the nation, it could be used to impose mandatory minimum sentences on even a possession charge.

In a previous post, we discussed how prosecutors overcharge defendants in an effort to settle on a more severe plea deal. With this action by the U.S. Justice Department, you could be facing even tougher prosecutors that could lead to more significant penalties, in an effort to crack down on crime in our community.

While this only affects prosecutors in federal courts, the effort could lead to stricter treatment in state and county courts as well. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to keep yourself safe from arrest and criminal charges, and to have access to experienced legal defense when you are facing federal prosecutors.

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