From our country’s inception, specific federal and state laws were set into motion to ensure public safety, guarantee specific rights, and safely direct our society on a daily basis. Utah residents count on the ability of others to follow these social norms. In addition, Utah lawyers, prosecutors, judges and other judicial representatives have taken on the responsibility to oversee and participate in the judicial process.
But what happens if the punishment outweighs the criminal act? Currently, several Salt Lake City lawyers, politicians and business leaders, along with high-profile activists across the country, are joining forces to support a Utah resident whose court case begs that exact question.
In 2004, a 23-year-old music producer was sentenced to a 55-year prison term for carrying a firearm and selling small amounts of marijuana to undercover police officers. It was the father of two’s first offense. During the sale, he did not brandish the weapon, nor did he make any threats. At the time of sentencing, the ruling judge noted that the lengthy sentence was “unjust, cruel and irrational” but said that under the current law his hands were tied.
Now, his supporters are petitioning President Barack Obama to commute the sentence. In a letter to the president, they claim that the punishment for this particular crime is longer than that for crimes like second-degree murder, kidnapping and child rape.
If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law or have questions concerning a legal matter, it’s extremely important to seek out attorneys in Utah who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced. Our firm, Shumway Van offers free thirty-minute consultations – providing you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with passionate professionals and seek answers you need. Call us at (801) 478-8080 for more information or feel free to chat with one of our online specialists available now on our website.