The most important information that the court wants to know is that you know and fully trust the person who has been changed since their arrest by the law. Its also very important to let the court know that you know what he/she is charged with and how serious it is and how they have reacted since their arrest. You may want to say something like: Your Honor, I know (his/her name) for 10 years and I know that he/she was charged with (burglary, theft, etc.), which I know is a (very) serious crime. However, I also have seen big changes in him/her and I know this case has had a big impact upon him/her life. This case was not the way he/she has been behaving over the last ten years. Instead, he/she has been acting as a law abiding citizen and I believe if you give him/her a chance at the time of sentencing, he/she will remain a law abiding citizen and follow all the rules set down for them. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Sincerely yours, Signature Of course, you can change this letter any way you want to meet your needs, but this should be a good starting point for writing a pre-sentencing letter.