"Drug Minus Two" Amendment 782

In April 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission approved Amendment 782, which reduced the sentencing guidelines for all controlled substances by two levels. In July 2014, it was decided that the amendment would be retroactive. The amendment went into effect on November 14, 2014. Inmates who received reduced sentences based on the new guidelines began being released on November 1, 2015.

Sometimes referred to as "drug minus two" or "all drugs minus two," Amendment 782 was estimated to have impacted the sentences of approximately 46,000 inmates across the United States when it was approved. There are a number of these cases already being reviewed in various state courts.

How Do I Know If I'm Eligible? What Do I Do Next?

If you were convicted of a drug crime and you think you may be eligible for a reduced sentence under the new guidelines, your first step should be to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney will review your case to determine your eligibility and, if you are, petition the court to reduce your sentence.

There are several factors the courts consider in their review of these cases, and a sentence reduction is not automatic. Be sure that you have a defense attorney who will be able to give you the best chance of success. At the Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson, we have experience with all types of state and federal drug crimes and appeals. We will do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Speak With One Of Our Northern California Lawyers About Your Case

Contact the Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson to discuss the possibility of reducing your sentence under Amendment 782. To schedule an initial consultation, please call us in Sacramento at 916-248-8598 or toll free at 866-974-4316, or contact us via email.

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