How do you write a character reference letter for a sentencing hearing?
found an example on line. Hope it helps Dear Judge Campbell: I have known Mr. Smith for 20 years through the church. Mr. Smith's lawyer has informed us that he has pled guilty to possession of an automatic weapon. I understand that this is against the law. I would ask that you please consider putting Ron on probation. He is not a criminal. He has always worked really hard throughout his life to help his friends and family. I believe that he will not violate the law again and that he has learned from this. Very truly yours, Steve Brown Answer: a different perspective The letter example above is okay, but do not follow it word for word or even by form. Okay, sorry, it's not so good. Write your own letter. Speak from your heart. Those who have been convicted are going to serve time or some sort; be that on probation, house arrest, modified sentencing, jail, or prison is entirely up to the judge. Too many glowing recommendations have a tendency--as I've observed--to push judges toward harsher sentencings. I think that might be due to the question that seems obvious: if the person being recommended is such a fine citizen/friend/family member, why did he break the law? And, then the guilty party gets made an example of. Do not tell the judge "He is not a criminal." If he was found guilty by the judge or a jury of his peers, then guilt is a foregone conclusion, no matter how innocent he might in reality be. If he is convicted, he is guilty, hence he is a criminal. Do not tell the judge, "He will not violate the law again," especially if you have just told the judge he is not a criminal. Do you see the contradiction? Besides, you don't know that. Do you want to be held responsible if he does break the law again. Do be supportive. Express what you hope to accomplish, how you hope to help the person. Let the judge know that the convict has someone in his corner. One of the biggest reasons for lengthy sentences is the lack of a support system that is directly linked to higher recidivism rates. And this last part might seem like bad advice, and might be difficult for some. Avoid references to church, Christianity, spiritual change, salvation, conversion, etc. Far too many convicted people have used Christianity as a sort of emergency exit strategy. It has worked in the past, but the success of such attempts is waining. Judges and parole boards are reacting harshly to those who publicly profess Christianity or some other form of religious faith, especially if they did not demonstrate it in their lives previous to the criminal infraction. Judges give harsher sentences and parole boards more readily give parole denials. If you mention it, do so very briefly and keep it in the context of how you know the person: i.e. "We have been members of the same Bible study group for XX years," or "We have been members of the same church for XX years."Do not give the person's testimony for him. Let him do that, and if you talk to him before he goes before the judge, tell him to let his demeanor and actions give his testimony. Again, and I can't stress this enough, speak from your heart. You are not going to successfully BS a judge (well, most judges). Likely as not your letter will have little affect on the sentencing outcome, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Trying to help won't hurt. That is provided you take suggestions well.
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A character reference is an important part of the adoption process.A character reference letter should state the qualities of theparents and why they would be great adoptive p…arents.
You should first write down how long you have know the person. Youshould also write down good things about the person.
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It depends on the locality and what they want to know. Generally speaking, you should state how long you have known the person, that you know the person is of good character, …and, if required by the locality, that he has good reason to obtain the permit. For instance, the person owns a business or routinely carries large sums of money. That particular information may not be required depending on where you are. My personal recommendation also is, be sure the letter is properly formatted and grammatically correct for a business letter. No offense to you, because I know nothing about you, but if you send a letter in that looks like it was written by a 10 year old, which is much more common than people think, the permitting authority will probably disregard it.
Assuming that this is someone that you have a good opinion of their character, start by stating how long you have known the person, and their relation to you- neighbor, friend…, co-worker, student, etc. Make a brief statement regarding how you have found their character to be- as in honest, trustworthy, reliable, even-tempered, mature, etc.
To Whom It Concerns, I confirm that I have known John Dillon for the past fifteen years. I have always found John to be a loyal, trustworthy and reliable friend, generous in …nature and extremely competent, hard-working and consienctous in anything he sets out to do. John is always willing to lend a hand if you should need assistance and punctual when meeting up. I am happy to provide further information if required. Yours Faithfully
To write a character reference for court, you need to establish whoyou are. Provide the court with your name, address, and occupation.Include how you know the person and then …provide the details toback up why you think the person has good character. Be sure to useproper language, spelling, and grammar.
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That is called a "Friend of the Court" or "Amicus curiae" brief. After producing one, go with the parent to the Clerk of the Court to have it notarized and placed in the case …file.
In Letters Notes and Memos
At any time and situtation we are lost in our heart there would because our greatest choice would be to refer to the Bible. Always refer to the living Word of God.
In Letters Notes and Memos
You are asking how to write a Personal Reference, specific to the character of the person. Here are things to include in a business letter format, typed or very neatly written… in pen: . Your address, city, State . The date. . Name / address of the person you are writing TO. . Who you are. . How are you related to the person. . How long have you known the person. . Why you agreed to write a personal character reference. . What stands out the most about the person - What are their values, beliefs, character aspects that are specific to why you are writing. . Offer to be contacted if needed. . Close with "Sincerely Yours," . Sign it in PEN Example Letter On right side type or write Number Street City, State Zip Code Today's full date and year Skip TWO lines. On Left side: The person's name you are writing TO Their Title Number Street Suite Number City, State Zip Code Skip Two Lines. Dear Mr. / Mrs. / Ms. Last Name Only, My name is (your full name). I am writing on behalf of my nephew, (give person's full name here not in parentheses), my brother's son. I am proud to have known (here use nephew's first name only) for his entire life. [Skip one line.] When [nephew's first name] asked me to write a reference for him, I was thrilled. (Nephew's first name) is a bright student, hard worker, and eagerly takes on new tasks. He enjoys learning and is self-motivated. Last summer, he created his own lawn care business, with 35 regular customers. Many people commented about how punctual, responsible, and conscientious of a worker he was in his work. My nephew also recently showed great honesty when he spotted a bank deposit bag in a parking lot which contained $3,295.00. He immediately called the police and it was returned to the business owner. [Skip one line] As you can tell, I am very proud of my nephew. Even though he is still in high school, I think he will be an asset to an employer. If you have any other questions, you can call me at (give area code-exchange-number). Skip at 3 lines. Sincerely, [Or Sincerely Yours,] Skip at least 4 lines, -- this is where you will sign your letter in INK. Skip 2 lines Type or print your name.
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In Drunk Driving (DWI or DUI)
In order to write a character reference letter for a DUI sentencing, one must be careful not to include any incriminating evidence against the person in question, and the form…at of the letter must follow that provided by the attorney.