I wanted to write and let you know how much my family and I appreciate you, and the services you provided me in the last year. I am convinced that without your help as part of my *team*, things definitely had the potential to turn out very differently for me.

Thank you for all the time you spent coaching, answering emails or just answering my calls. You were there above and beyond, even if I was just scared and needed a boost to get through the day. The information you provided me with was fantastic and I appreciated your integrity and honesty.

I have spent alot of time over the last four months reflecting on the events of the past year and the circumstances leading up to it. There is nothing that could of prepared me for the 12 days (that felt like 12 months) of jailtime I served. It was a nightmare. I am so very grateful it was not more.

During my 90 days of home confinement I was able to throw myself back into working hard (thanks to my supportive employer) and for the 2nd time in 7 months, I was awarded a second promotion and very nice raise. I am so thankful to be employed at a great job and not having to settle because of my felony record.

At the end of January, I will have completed 160 of the 200 hours of community service I was sentenced to, even though the judge only ordered me to do a minimum of 16 hours a month, and while working 55 hours a week at my job. I've met some fantastic people I am proud to call my friends that I would of never met otherwise and I will continue (with my family) to help out even after I've completed my time.

So, I guess what I wanted to let you know is that what I've learned is really immeasurable and I am a better human than I was one year ago today. Thank you!

Kind regards – P.W.


Kim, your work is amazing! You saved 2 men that i love. Keep up the good work.




Client was charged with a felony DUI (4th within 10 years and 6th lifetime).   Utah Sentencing Alternatives was asked to assist with sentencing.  The Client had taken substantial steps to address the underlying problems of substance abuse, including participation in substance abuse treatment, alcohol monitoring, and completion of an experiential training program.  All of which was completed before sentencing.

The presentence report prepared by Adult Probation & Parole minimized the positive aspects of Client’s work and social history, it contained inaccurate and misleading information and generally portrayed the Client as someone who denied having an alcohol problem and was unwilling to accept responsibility.

The Alternative Sentencing Report prepared by Utah Sentencing Alternatives provided context and detail that was missing from the probation report.  The thoroughness and objectivity of the defense-based presentence report offered significant contrast to the state prepared report which was reflected in the sentencing outcome.

Based upon the judge’s demeanor and comments he would have committed the Client to the Utah State Prison for a period up to five years had he only had the information contained in the state’s presentence report .  The Alternative Sentencing Report provided sufficient information and reason to sway the judge’s decision which resulted in a jail sentence followed by probation instead of the prison commitment.

Utah Sentencing Alternatives assisted defense counsel in successfully minimized the punitive sanctions by presenting mitigating information in context with the relevant risk factors and by providing a complete (and accurate) portrait of the Client’s background.

Community safety was not compromised and the Client received an opportunity to demonstrate through his actions in the community that he is a changed man and does not present a risk to the community.

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