Honorable Judge _______________
I am writing you today before my sentencing hearing of [date], 2008. Sadly, I am asking for your leniency in sentencing me and plea that your sentence be merciful and not punitive. Please take into account what I am going to say as many lives are going to be touched and affected by your decision today.
As you know your Honor, the crime I committed was _______________. I need to tell you what motivated me to act against the law. I [need to explain reason for why he did what he did]. I am truly remorseful for the actions that I took and I did not have the intent to commit these offenses.
I am a university graduate and I believe that I can use my education by engaging in community service or other alternative sentencing, but I believe a period of incarceration for this type of offense will only be a detriment to my immediate family.
For the last [number of years] years, I have been the sole provider of my family, which consists of my girlfriend and [number] of children. My girlfriend has many medical issues, which I have been helping her with and my girlfriend is unable to support my family because of these medical issues. Unfortunately I am the only family my girlfriend and children have and without me being able to support them, my family will suffer financially and emotionally. As a father, I am involve in my children’s lives and not having me their with them in their daily activities will only cause them further emotional stress.
I beg your Honor to please consider my letter, when you hand down your sentence. Only you have the ability to give me a second opportunity.
As you know your Honor, the crime I committed was insurance fraud. I was not aware of the accounting laws and did not know that this was not acceptable when handling of the account. I am truly remorseful for the actions that I took and I did not have the intent to commit these offenses.
I am a university graduate and I believe that I can use my education by engaging in community service or other alternative sentencing, but I believe a period of incarceration for this type of offense will only be a detriment to my girlfriend and child who I am responsible for paying child support.
I am writing this letter to you in order to plea for your leniency in handing down my sentence on [date], 2008.
Your Honor, the crime I committed is my first criminal offense and I was not aware that my behavior would result in being arrested, convicted and now sentenced. I have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and as a first time offender, I believe the most reasonable punishment would be community service or work furlough. Spending any period of incarceration would only be a detriment to my family and children who solely dependent on me to provide for them financially. I am very active in my children’s lives and spend time with them in their school activities. Not having me with them will only cause my children emotional strain and they have already gone through enough when I was arrested for this offense.
My wife of [number of years] years, is dependent on me. She is a victim of sexual assault as a minor and because of the trauma of these events is unable to sustain employment. Additionally, I am responsible in getting her medication and taking her to her psychiatrist appointments. My wife and children have no other family but myself and it will be very difficult for my wife to maintain stability in her life if I am incarcerated.
I plea that you please take this letter into consideration and into your heart and to beg that your ruling today be merciful and not punitive.
As you know your Honor, the crime I committed was insurance fraud. I was not aware that what I was doing was wrong. I trusted the people I was helping and did not know that this was not acceptable. I should have been more careful in the job I was doing. But I have learned my lesson greatly. I am truly remorseful for the actions that I took and I did not have the intent to commit these offenses.
I am a university graduate and have a bachelors degree in psychiatry. I have also served our country in the army as the army counselor. I believe that I can use my education by engaging in community service or other alternative sentencing, but I believe a period of incarceration for this type of offense will only be a detriment to my girlfriend and child who I am responsible for paying child support.
I have answered your question. Please let me know if you need further assistance or clarification thank you.
I have never had the opportunity to speak directly to you about how I feel for what has happened here. I wish to take the opportunity today for you to hear what I have to say before you hand down a sentence today.
I am a man who was convicted for insurance fraud. I had people working for me that were under reporting worker’s compensation and I was not aware what they were doing was a crime. I was working outside of the office and never had a clue this was going on behind my back. Unfortunately this is my business and I understand that I need to take some responsibility. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX regret and feel horrible about this. I never had any intention to commit a crime and if I was aware of what was happening, I would have taken active measures to stop it.
I am also a husband and father. As a husband I have a wife who depends on me to take care of her. My wife suffers from panic attacks and anxiety and as a result is unable to work. So I am the bread winner for my wife and family. As a father, I also provide financially for my three children. My children have asthma and require daily expensive medication. Without me bringing in an income it would be difficult for my family to get the medication they require on a daily basis. Without me, there is no income and we have no savings or reserves.
Your Honor, the crime I committed is my first criminal offense. I have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and as a first time offender, I believe two years of incarceration is to extreme and I am requesting that you give me a chance by participating in community service or to participate in the fire camp program but I beg that you not sentence me to a period of incarceration. I have already been punished by the last three years of going through this criminal court process. This has been three very stressful years and I have learned my lesson well. In addition I have already been borrowing money from friends as I have no parents that can help me financially. As you can imagine my wife and children have been going through a lot. I don’t wish for my children to have to see me behind bars. Incarceration will only make this harder for my children.
Your Honor, I am not a criminal. I will not be able to educate myself if housed in prison. I believe that I can be of service to my community, but being offered alternative sentencing such as community service.
I ask that in judging me you consider what I have written here today and how it will affect my wife and three children. I seek the opportunity to assist my community in a positive manner, to attempt to repair the damage that has been done and to get on with my life.
My heart and prayers go out to you in rendering this decision.
Respectfully XXXXX XXXXX sincerely,
Okay, I added your last request.
Your Honor, I am not a criminal. I will not be able to educate myself if housed in prison. I believe that I can be of service to my community, but being offered alternative sentencing such as community service. If community service is not possible, then please consider the fire camp program. If the fire camp program is a better alternative, can you please not order the process of going through reception as I would not like my children to see me behind bars.
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