by Speedy Sentencing Reports
Speedy Sentencing Reports specializes in social history interviews and mitigation and sentencing assessments.
Social history interview
consists of gathering pertinent facts regarding a client's life, including traumatic experiences, drug history, and their abuse history. This is typically an interview where a defendant is asked open-ended questions and given an opportunity to reflect on their upbringing, as well as how they feel their choices have brought them to their current court proceeding. Interviews of defendants who remain in custody shall be interviewed at the jail where they are housed and will either need a court order or the attorney present for the interview to be conducted. It is preferred that interviews out of custody clientele be held in the attorney's office.
may involve different family members who can validate any issues brought up during the Social History Interview. It also involves me writing an assessment based on the totality of the circumstances in a defendant's case. The circumstances of the offense, prior criminal history, substance abuse history, mental health, physical health, education, and employment history are all taken into account for possible recommendations to the Court. Rules of Court may be used in cases where a defendant is eligible for probation or, at the request of the attorney, where there is a possibility for a Romero motion to be filed.
Tools of the trade
I have several hours of training and even more experience in how to conduct an effective sentencing interview with a defendant. Interviewing techniques are the essential function of gathering the necessary information from a defendant to make a well-rounded recommendation. I believe in and utilize the following five principles of motivational interviewing:
Express empathy through reflective listening.
Develop discrepancy between clients' goals or values and their current behavior.
Avoid argument and direct confrontation.
Adjust to client resistance rather than opposing it directly.
Support self-efficacy and optimism.
This interviewing technique allows me to gain perspective and insight into your client’s criminogenic needs for more appropriate recommendations to the court. Client family members or loved ones may also be interviewed for the purposes of information gathering and establishing the needs of a defendant.
Professional experience and training
interviews conducted for both Juvenile and Adult Probationers
standards and training for corrections hours