The United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to make the “drug minus 2” amendment retroactive with a single condition – no order reducing a sentencing can take effect until November 1, 2015. So long as Congress allows the guidelines changes to stand and the legislation is in effect as of November 1, 2014. In April of this year, the Commission voted unanimously to amend the guidelines to lower the base offense levels in the drug quantity table across drug types, which should mean lower sentences for most drug offenders going forward.
While the drug quantities for certain base offense levels were raised, some offenders will still not be eligible for relief because their drug quantities were still very high. For example, the existing lower threshold for base offense level 38 is 150 kilos of cocaine. With the new guideline, the minimum is raised to 450 kilos. Unfortunately for most Panama Express Defendants, the quantities of cocaine typically are in excess of450 kilos and thus no guideline reduction will benefit them. As with all drug offenders, statutory minimum mandatory penalties still apply.
The Commission estimates that over 46,000 offenders would have their case reviewed to see if they are eligible for a reduction. This is very good news for all federal drug offenders across the nation.
The Tampa Tribune Reader’s Poll of 2012 has rated Palmieri Law as the Best Law Firm in its Reader’s Poll of 2012. This was a result of countless reader’s voting and confirming the hard work that Lori Doganiero Palmieri and her staff has worked hard to achieve over the last 9 years in private practice. If you or a loved one is in need of criminal defense representation in state or federal court, why not go to the best – the expert in Criminal Trial Law – Palmieri Law.
On Saturday, November 21, 2010, Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Lori D. Palmieri participated as a mock juror in the 2010 Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Florida Justice Association. Law students from around the state came to Tampa over the weekend to participate in a mock trial to hone their litigation skills. Ms. Palmieri participated as a juror, scoring the afternoon round of competition and provided some seasoned critiques for the aspiring litigators.
Whether you or a loved one has been arrested or is under investigation, your selection of a lawyer can make a significant difference in your future.
The Board Certification Program sponsored by The Florida Bar assists prospective clients in evaluating the competency and experience of lawyers they are seeking in a particular area of law. A “Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer” or Criminal Law Specialist is a lawyer recognized for having the experience, expertise and positive review by her colleagues and judges to be labeled an Expert.
Like searching for a physician who is Board Certified in his/her speciality, why would you select a lawyer without first considering the Experts in that field? When your freedom, reputation and future are at stake because of a criminal charge or investigation against you, choose a recognized expert in Criminal Law and select a Florida Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist.
Lori D. Palmieri at PalmieriLaw is one of those recognized Criminal Law Experts. Ms. Palmieri practices in both State and Federal Court in the Middle District of Florida. With 19 years of trial experience on both sides of the aisle of the courtroom, let her guide you through this difficult time. Next time you go to court, be sure to bring an Expert with you.