The (sad) reality of our system is that when a person is charged with a crime, there is greater than a 95% chance they will plead guilty and face sentencing. Are you ready?
Increase the odds of achieving your sentencing goals with fresh eyes, new perspectives, and unparalleled experience.
Judges have seen and heard it all. It’s time to rethink the way we approach sentencing. Boiler-plate language in pleadings and the standard litany of “nice things” (e.g. “he’s a good dad”) we say about our clients are not getting the job done. The key to achieving a lower sentence is convincing the decision-makers to see our clients in a new light. The way we do that is by telling a credible, compelling story.
Even in cases where a mitigation video may not be feasible, it is always important to craft a truthful, emotional sentencing story held together with powerful theories and themes. Passon will help you uncover the most persuasive sentencing arguments in your case and present them in a way that tells the unimpeachable truth of your client’s journey.
Passon can also work directly with your clients to draw out the personal stories they so often keep locked away, because they either do not know how important the stories may be, or they are too painful to tell. Doing the hard work of story development with your client inevitably pays off in the form of an incredibly insightful sentencing letter, or a powerful live allocution. These are the things that move the needle in court.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. As a longtime sentencing advocacy teacher and story professional, Passon’s coaching is guaranteed to forever change the way you approach sentencing. Are you ready?
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Everyone has a backstory, but that story never made it in front of the judge until Doug came on board my team. He went to places and found spots I had not seen in decades to show the judge the full story. I am certain I would have gotten a life sentence without his expertise, eye for art, and friendship.