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Anonymous:I was wondering if someone can help me get started on two letters I have to write. I was charged with a small misdemeanor in the state of Florida and they want me to appear in court. Unfortunately, I work and am a full time student, and cannot leave New York. I was told to write a letter to the state attorney and the judge, requesting to handle the case by mail. I've never done this before. Do I have to write a different letter to each? Or can I send the same letter? How do I set the letter up? Please help.
Anonymous:I also would appreciate help. My cousin was convicted of the same crime in two counties...he is only 23 and was convicted of aggravated assault because he pointed a bb gun at a 16 year old girl but didnt shoot her...He is serving 40 years for each county which means he needs to serve half the time on each county charge which means he 40+40 and has to serve haf 40+40=80 so he has to serve 40 years in jail, he wont be released til he is 63 which is unfair when killers only get 15 years in most cases. I want to know how to start the letter.
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Instead of trying to write letters by yourself, you definitely need to talk to a good lawyer about such a very serious matter.
Good luck, Clive
CliveHi,um we are trying to figure out how to write a character letter to a judge for my son's behalf could you please tell me how to start off.
How a lawyer addresses a judge is not a simple question. However, I don't see why you,as a lay person, can't just begin by saying
Dear Judge Smith,
Doesn't your son have a lawyer who can give you advice about this letter?
Best wishes, Clive
Whether you are a lawyer, work with the judicial system or are just a private party with his own .02¢, your advice is terse and incomplete.
A "layperson" may want to contact the judicial system directly in order to open a dialogue about a given case to get a feel for the states perception of the case, possible options to work more directly with the state, or to state their position on the matter. One very important reason for this is the sheer cost of legal representation and the lack of necessity of said lawyers skills. Often, legal matters that do not need attorneys can be handled with a little research and knowledge.
As for writing to the judge, well, this is not aloud. A judge may not be in direct contact with a defendant, although the defendant may contact the given judges assistant. As for addressing state attorneys, judges assistant or investigative lawyers, a myriad of resources exist on the internet. For addressing certain state municipality go to, http://www.formsofaddress.info/USOS.html#116 , and scroll to addressing an Attorney General. For general letter formatting, and addressing issues check out harvard laws cover letter examples http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/opia/landing-your-job/sample-cover-letters.html .
In summation, it goes like this
The Attorney General of the United States
Attorney General of the United States
Dear Mr./Madam Attorney General:
The Attorney General of a State
Attorney General of (Name of State)
Dear Mr./Madam Attorney General:
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