Bad or poorly informed decisions require a herculean effort to undo. This story, from the Standard Examiner, about a 16 year old who was committed to the Utah State Prison is a prime example of why it is infinitely better to be prepared than to be surprised.
Cooper offers a powerful example of the risk associated with assuming that decisions will be predicated on all available information or that a specific outcome is more likely than others.
There are no guarantees of course, but there are certainly steps that can be taken to influence that outcome. We are not passive participants in life, but if you select a passive approach to sentencing the possibility of surprise increases exponentially.
In my experience, active participation in the decision-making process does guarantee the best possibly outcome. Although it may not be the outcome you want, at least you know that you did everything possible and there are no regrets. In Cooper’s case, there are certainly regrets.
“Cooper’s father maintains the family felt so assured the sentence would contain no more than a few months in jail that they didn’t prepare as well for the case as they could have. His only consolation is that he’s been assured his son is being housed with non-violent offenders.”
There is no excuse for failing to prepare for life altering decisions, especially when those decisions will be made by someone else. At a minimum, you should take active steps to insure the decision-maker has all the necessary information and that it is accurate. That is what we do and our services have never been more affordable than they are today.
Give us a call and be prepared instead of being surprised when sentence is imposed.