How to fall flat on your face at sentencing

confidence-confidence-fall-faceplant-demotivational-poster-1278292947Are you so confident in a particular outcome that you stop short of doing all that you can?

When it comes to sentencing, did you know that 72% of the presentence reports prepared by probation contain factual errors?

Errors that are directly related to the sentence imposed.  The most common errors include inaccurate representations of the circumstances associated with the offense, criminal history errors, and improperly calculated sentencing guidelines.

Stopping short, or settling for the information provided by probation, may offer some degree of confidence in the outcome but it does little to guarantee the best possible outcome.