As you may know, federal sentencing guidelines are quite harsh and rather strict. Additionally, many federal crimes involve mandatory minimums, meaning that a person convicted of such an offense is required to be sentenced to at least a certain term of imprisonment.
The federal safety valve was a mechanism created to permit judges to sentence people to something less than the guidelines in appropriate situations. To qualify for the safety valve, the person must meet the following criteria:
- have little or no criminal history
- no one was injured during the crime
- no gun was used
- the person was not the organizer of the crime
- the person fully cooperated with the prosecution and told the prosecutor everything about the crime
Unfortunately, your husband does not qualify for the safety valve as the crime itself requires a gun and, as stated above, this disqualifies a person for the safety valve..
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