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PCR Consultants is dedicated to helping federal criminal clients gain earlier release from supervised release, early release from prisons, and shaving years off sentences.

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Pretrial Consulting

With over a decade of dedicated experience in only federal, and only criminal matters, the earlier in the pre-sentencing process we are hired, the more money and time off a prison sentence we can save our clients with.

2255 Motions

We help clients with 2255 relief petitions either for themselves or by working behind the scenes, ensuring best-case outcomes. We can even find the right lawyer for handling the process.

What is a §2255 Motion

In general, a §2255 Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct a sentence is a filing in federal court to review a criminal case for constitutional deficiencies. This is not a normal, direct appeal, and should be filed after all direct appeals are made. Here are some basic requirements for these filings.

Only federal inmates may file;

Arguments cannot be made if they could have been made on direct appeal;

Arguments must attack the sentence or conviction on specific grounds, and cannot argue issue about confinement like RDAP acceptance, halfway house placement, or holdings in Solitary/SHU.
Most 2255 motions are made to address issues like Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (a really bad defense lawyer) or misconduct by the prosecutor. However, there are too many issues that can be addressed in an appeal like this to list here.
Essentially, these motions are a last line-of defense for a convicted federal inmate to have the issues of conviction and sentencing resolved before those judgments become final. Most inmates don’t even learn that these appeals exist until they are already in prison and a jailhouse lawyer is offering to handle one for a fee. We offer professional help, coordination, case management, and even referrals to good lawyers to make this process as effective as possible before the 1-year window to file them closes.
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2255 Appeals

After direct appeals are exhausted, the only option left for reviewing a conviction or sentence is the Motion to Vacate, Set Aside or Correct a Sentence under 28 U.S.C. §2255. The time-limit to file is 1 year after appeals are exhausted (if they were even tried). Most defendants only get one chance to file these.

We have years of experience navigating the complicated area of §2255 motions, and we ensure that clients do not waste their one shot at review while saving them tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

Federal Pretrial Consulting

Federal Pretrial Status

When charged with a federal crime, newcomers to the criminal justice system feel lost, confused and helpless. Lawyers, Pretrial Service Officers, plea agreements, prison sentences, the Bureau of Prisons, and many other issues need to be learned and understood immediately in order to make the best decisions in the coming weeks and months. Trouble is, nobody is an expert in these areas during their first exposure to the system.

We at PCR Consultants have years of experience in each of these areas and can greatly help smooth the process and create better outcomes.

Pretrial Basics

You many not become an expert, but basic information is a great place to start. Here is a crash course on the basics.

Here are some statistics for you.

93.6% of federal criminal cases end in a guilty plea (6.4% go to trial)

75.6% of those that go to trial (the 6.4% left) are found guilty

97% of all criminal defendants are therefore sentenced

**82.8% of all federal defendants get prison sentences**

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We put the right paperwork into clients’ hands to help them gain early release from federal probation.