“With Ms. Goldstein’s expertise she was able to overturn my DUI to reckless driving. I heartily recommend Ms. Karen Goldstein for anyone who needs someone in their corner... ”
“When I met Karen Goldstein I was in the worst legal position I have ever been in. I was emotionally devastated and my future and that of my family's was uncertain... ”
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Review of Karen L. GoldsteinAbsolute Confidenceby F.BIn moments of serious legal matters is important to have someone on your side that knows the law, someone that's going to make you feel sure and that cares about you. Having Karen Goldstein representing me in my legal situation gave me great peace, knowing she would handle my case with professionalism and confidence. I highly recommend Karen Goldstein.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKaren Made A Huge Difference In My Caseby J.D.Having gotten my third DUI last labor day weekend, I was quite sure that life as I knew it was about to change drastically. I was extremely worried about facing these charges and the consequences to follow. I was informed by a friend about Bill Handles website.. .”Handle on the Law”. This is where I found Karen Goldstein. In retrospect, I can truly say that I am very grateful to have had her represent me in court. My first consultation with Karen had set her apart from my experiences with my prior attorneys. She asked, what seemed to me, all of the right questions. She immediately took a genuine concern in my case and began to give me direction. She was efficient, determined and willing to go to work. She put together statements, depositions, and options for the district attorney regarding my case. Communicating with the DA, she made arrangements with him before we went to court on a very agreeable deal. We went to court and secured that deal as my sentence. No surprises, no problems, and no wasted time. Because of her efforts, I was able to keep my job and serve my jail time on weekends in a local city jail. I was also sentenced to wearing a “SCRAM” bracelet for ninety days in place of doing yet more time locked up. I am certain that Karen made the difference for me between losing a great deal of my life and livelihood…. and obtaining a livable, doable court sentence. I have completed the jail and scram time now and am participating in the DMV program at this time. It comes down to this: A very sincere thank you goes out to Karen Goldstein and her team. I would strongly recommend her to everyone in need of legal councel. She worked very hard on my case and still continues to follow up and monitor my conditions with updates and emails.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinLuck Was On My Sideby JoeLuck was on my side the day I called Ms. Goldstein for representation in a serious criminal matter.
Having never been in legal trouble before, I was at a complete loss as to how I would even choose a lawyer. I began searching for criminal defense lawyers on the internet and one of the first names I happened upon was hers. Her website said she was "Principled and Compassionate" and after my first conversation with her I knew it was true.
Lets start with compassionate. The period between securing her representation and my actual appearances in court was one of the most trying times in my life. I was a nervous wreck. Anxiety was always present...but so was Karen. Although I knew she had many clients I felt like I was the only one. No call went unanswered. No email neglected. She was ALWAYS there for me to answer every question and concern no matter how trivial. She even took the time to consult with my parents rearding their concerns. While I expected great service I had not expected this and without it I dont know how I would have gotten through it.
Now to principled. Karen seems to truly believe in the principle that every defendant deserves the best representation possible. Based on the charges against me I was worried about whether I would get anyones "A" game. Karen alleviated those concerns and showed me that she only brings her "A" game. I never had a doubt she would do her best to get me the most favorable outcome possible.
And now to the results. From the beginning I was unwilling to go to trial so the goal was to ge the best deal possible. The one result I would not accept was to serve time in prison. And thanks to Karen I didn't serve a day. The prosecution was asking for 180 days and she worked with the court to secure a deal for probation. She fought for and got me the best outcome possible.
So if you are in a legal jam and are looking for oustanding representation from a compassionate, friendly, and responsive attorney, look no further.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKaren worked wonders for meby Patrick B.After being given a citation for a DUI, I had no idea what to do. I have never been a situation such as this and I was becoming extremely worried about what was going to happen to me in the future. I found Karen on Bill Handles website "Handle on the Law" and she took the bull by the horns. My first consultation with her she showed great knowledge in my situation and she were able to relieve my anxiety in that I knew I were in the best of hands. Karen attended my first court appearance for me so I did not have to loose a day of work. She compiled all the information and she was extremely well prepared for the second court appearance. At the second court date she met with the district attorney and she had been able to obtain a very good deal for me. She were able to have the DUI reduced to a Wet Reckless driving. Jail time was time served, I had to attend 6 AA meetings, 3 months of Driver Safety Awareness Program, no interlock device on the car, no community service and only 2 years probation. Karen was nothing short than awesome and I cannot say enough about how knowledgeable, professional, kind and compassionate she is. I cannot recommend her more for anyone that would be put in a situation such as this. As they say "She is the bomb". Thank you Karen, Patrick B.
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Federal Sentencing Guidelines
A top-rated Federal defense attorney will fight to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of a federal prison sentence and will be skilled and knowledgeable about Federal sentencing law. In general The United States Sentencing Guidelines, also called the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, seriously limit judicial discretion, i.e.—the Guidelines make it more difficult for the Judge to impose a lesser sentence based on mitigating factors. Although the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are now considered advisory, rather than mandatory, they still must be considered at sentencing. Furthermore, many Federal Judges hesitate to depart far from the Guidelines calculation of a defendant’s sentence.
The Guidelines take into account the seriousness of the offense and the defendant’s past criminal history. Under the Guidelines, there are 6 criminal history categories listed. For example, a Criminal History Category 1 is for a defendant with little to no criminal history and a Criminal History Category 6 is for a defendant with a very long criminal history. The greater the person’s criminal history, the longer potential Federal prison sentence he faces under the Guidelines.
The Guidelines also calculate what is called a defendant’s total offense level. The offense level is calculated by adding together the defendant’s base offense level and any additional downward or upward adjustments and/or departures. The Guidelines have a complicated sentencing table which enables both parties to argue to increase or to decrease the offense level of the defendant which in turn increases or decreases the amount of prison time he faces. See Sentencing table http://www.ussc.gov/2009guid/SENTNTAB.pdf
A good Federal defense attorney argues for all mitigating circumstances to be considered and applied—both factors under the Guidelines, and factors outside the Guidelines—in order to lessen the potential sentence a defendant will face.
Mandatory minimum sentences are precisely what they sound like: a minimum prison sentence which a Federal Judge must impose for a particular case. While mandatory minimum sentences may be unduly severe, there are ways for a skilled and knowledgeable Federal defense attorney to avoid the imposition of a mandatory minimum sentence. Furthermore, mandatory minimums only apply to limited types of federal criminal offenses such as: drug offenses, child pornography offenses, and immigration offenses.
Some Federal criminal cases where a mandatory minimum may be imposed:
- Distribution of child pornography
- Sales, conspiracy, or attempted sales of a controlled substances such s marijuana, cocaine, or heroin
- Alien smuggling for profit
Federal Sentencing Hearing
In Federal criminal cases, unless there is an acquittal after trial on all charges, there will be a formal Federal sentencing hearing. Generally speaking, the parties do not agree upon a particular specific sentence prior to the sentencing hearing but rather agree upon a base offense level and allow for additional arguments to be made at the hearing. At this hearing the Court will consider a report that has been issued from the United States Probation (called a “PSR” or Presentencing Report), in addition to arguments from the defense and the prosecution. The Court must consider the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and then determine whether to impose a sentence within the Guidelines range or outside the Guidelines range. Because the Court technically has the right to sentence any defendant to the maximum prison sentence allowable under a particular Federal criminal statute, it is essential to have an experienced, prepared, and aggressive Federal criminal defense attorney to fight for you at sentencing. If you, or a loved one, is fighting a Federal criminal case, then contact a top-rated Federal criminal defense attorney today at the Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein for a free, confidential consultation: (888) 445-6313.