When a corporation is charged with large-scale money laundering, years of incarceration often seem like the only outcome. However, there are alternatives to prison, depending on case specifics and negotiated pleas. Securing non-prison sentences involves thorough investigation and creativity from a Texas lawyer.
Determine Eligibility for Pretrial Diversion
For first-time corporate offenders, pretrial diversion programs may offer an alternative pathway while providing accountability. Options like restorative justice sessions aim to avoid prolonged prosecutions when constructive intervention could serve the public interest. However, required admissions of misconduct may conflict with a defendant’s interests. A lawyer will carefully weigh eligibility criteria and expected outcomes to determine if attempting this early resolution avenue will benefit the corporation.
Sentencing Guidelines and Precedents
If conviction occurs, sentencing guidelines and previous court rulings allow room for advocacy. An attorney will thoroughly research comparable large-scale money laundering convictions, identifying cases where unique circumstances warranted more lenient sentences. Judges have discretion when guidelines are deemed overly punitive for a defendant’s degree of involvement. Precedents illuminate what arguments and evidence incentivized prior mercy....