Asked in Federal Crimes and White Collar Crime for New Mexico

Q: First time offender,60 years old .how my time will i be in prison on a 20 month sentence for wire fraud

1 Lawyer Answer
William Jaksa
William Jaksa
  • White Collar Crime Lawyer
  • Toronto

A: Difficult to answer this question given the large array of variables. There will be an assessment of you and your background, the allegations and the amount of the fraud, that will include your record, opinions on your criminality, your rehabilitation prospects, and general likelihood to re-offend. But, if there are no gang affiliations and no reason to believe that you will be violent while in custody, then you will likely be screened for a minimum-security institution. But, how your time will pass is generally up to you. Some people have no problems in jail and do just fine. I have clients, all sizes, backgrounds, and personalities that do just fine in jail. There are consultants that will speak to you and help you prepare, explain prison culture, and help you start thinking about issues you would never have expected. But in the meantime think about restitution, as much as you are able to pay back before sentencing the better sentencing will usually go. See my blog on alternative sentences, but not sure how much of it will apply to you:

Here is an article on restitution:

And another article on Jail for first-time offenders:

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