Law Office of John W. Noonan
925-400-6635 Call For A Free Initial Consultation Se Habla EspaƱol Available 24/7

Criminal sentence reform imperative: defense counsel's strong role

A recent national news article chronicles the tale of a one-time youthful offender who sold drugs "for some extra money." That individual was not a "player" in any sense of the word, nor did he have any history of violence.

And yet, notwithstanding those disclaimers, he presently resides behind bars in a federal penitentiary, 16 years into a term that will end only upon his death.

As noted by the author of that article (the former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder), the case is troublesome and begs fundamental questions centered upon the American justice system and sentencing outcomes that can unquestionably seem to reasonable people to be patently unfair.

As well as expensive. Holder notes that American taxpayers doled out about $80 billion in a recent year to cover the costs necessary to house the country's decidedly large prison/jail population.

Yes, that's with a "b," with the piles of money required for prison upkeep costs applying to a national prison population that is in the millions.

That price tag, contends Holder, is phenomenally large and unsustainable. He writes that it "is straining government budgets; [and that] the human and community costs are incalculable."

Proponents of broad-based and truly meaningful criminal sentencing reforms would certainly not argue that point in Alameda County or anywhere else in the United States.

Legions of reformists often stress that the first step to hammer home in any effort to bring more rationality and fairness to the system, as well as lowered costs, is more equity introduced into outcomes for nonviolent and first-time offenders. Holder notes, for example, the "draconian mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses."

Any proven criminal defense attorney lauds reform efforts that promote greater fairness in the system. At the same time, though, an experienced advocate acknowledges current sentencing realities and makes utmost efforts in every case to promote an optimal outcome for a criminal defendant who urgently needs legal assistance.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Recent Case Results

  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    John was able to get client a reduction of charge of a DUI because of being a nurse it could mean her license.

    He secured a Drunk in Public , and she would attend a 3 month program. Additionally, the dmv hearing was also set aside.

    Both being a win for the client.

    Read More
  • Domestic Violence

    A client was arrested for a Felony Domestic Violence, could have devastated her potential for future employment. John was able to get the case dismissed. Client was thrilled.

    Read More
  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

    Read More
  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

    Read More
  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

    Read More
  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

    Read More
  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

    Read More
Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Areas We Serve

Dublin Office
6379 Clark Avenue
Suite 250
Dublin, CA 94568

Toll Free: 800-785-9556
Toll Free: 800-743-3896
Phone: 925-400-6635
Fax: 925-463-3661
Dublin Law Office Map

Manteca Office
210 East Center Street
Suite 10
Manteca, CA 95336

Toll Free: 800-785-9556
Toll Free: 800-743-3896
Phone: 209-498-3521
Fax: 925-463-3661
Manteca Law Office Map

Back To Top