Absolutely in no way write a letter to the Judge. You will be able to speak your mind before the Judge sentences you at the sentencing hearing. If you wish to write your statement down that is fine but you will have to read it to the Judge in open Court. You really should be discussing this with your attorney.
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You CAN, but DO NOT do it. You are far better off writing what you want to say and just reading it in court. Consult with YOUR attorney for a better answer.
There is absolutely no way that this is a good idea. It's a really bad idea.
Do NOT do this.
You need to work with your lawyer to prepare mitigation for sentencing.
By mitigation, I mean evidence and argument regarding why the judge should give a more lenient sentence.
You can and should participate in this process in coordination with your lawyer.
If you've written something already, give it to your lawyer as soon as possible.
You may not contact the judge in any ex parte communication which is not only improper but legally prohibited. While you still may, retain a good counsel to navigate a good sentence.
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