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I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. I can give you some guidance on the letter, but since I don't know the situation, I can really only give a few general pointers. Letter of this sort are best made from the heart and you really don't want it to sound coached or unnatural.
Are you still there?
Okay great. Yes.
Don't worry about saying anything wrong. The Judge wants to hear from the heart what you feel about the situation, how this isn't your son, and he would be a greater benefit to society as a free man rather than in jail.
You can start off the letter with the Judges name, the address at the Court, and then RE: and your son's name and the case number
Then, "Dear Judge X".
And just explain your relationship with your son, what type of person he is, and how this was a huge mistake. You don't want to make excuses for him, however.
What he did was wrong and he should be punished, but just give him a chance to be a productive member of society.
Explain the support system and family ties he has outside of jail and how you as a family will support him.
And explain his remorse about the situation.
Yes, I wouldn't say longer than a page.
Most importantly the Judge would just need to see your son's humanity. You can explain briefly his interests, what he does to help the community and as a job, how he benefits society.
Show him your son is a real person.
I don't really see how that would be helpful.
Yes, all of that
Anything to show his humanity and remorse
That's tough. Judge's will often say, he should have thought about mercy before drinking while under the influence. You have to be very careful about making excuses and/or asking the Judge not to punish him too hard.
You can say something like, "He throws himself on the mercy of the court and simply asks for the chance to be productive member of society again"
Yes, you could do that as well.
No that won't be necessary.
Again, you really don't need any technical sentences
Speak from the heart and explain the things I mentioned above. At the end say the sentence I mentioned about mercy of the court
There is no reason to be nervous, your letter won't make or break anything for the Judge.
"I'm writing to you on behalf of my son, X"
Explain who you are and why you are writing
and then go into the things we talked about earlier
Great, I hope you are able to get it written.
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I wish your son the best!
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