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Video – Attorney Andrew Dósa Discusses Why San Mateo County Judges Only Make The Decisions On Sentencing A Defendant

Video – Attorney Andrew Dósa Discusses Why San Mateo County Judges Only Make The Decisions On Sentencing A Defendant

Ray Hrdlicka – Host – Attorneys.Media

“Why did San Mateo move to this type of procedure?”

Andrew Dósa – Criminal Defense Attorney – Alameda County, CA

“I don’t really know why. It would seem that the Judges don’t have to be involved in the process that intimately, with that much control. The Judge will ultimately make the decision on a sentence. Why would they not allow the District Attorney, who is more the troops on the field, troops on the ground with knowledge of the cases? They’re the ones who will try the case. Why would their opinion not have an influence on where the case goes in terms of setting a sentence?”

Ray Hrdlicka – Host – Attorneys.Media

“That actually make sense.”

Andrew Dósa – Criminal Defense Attorney – Alameda County, CA

“I suspect it’s a judicial policy where someone thought it was better for Judges to make the decisions. Judges, ultimately, will always make the decisions on the sentence. You can’t get a deal without a Judge saying, ‘that’s what I want to do.’ So, San Mateo County probably just figured let the Judges decide, and keep the District Attorneys out of it. Again, that’s a huge disadvantage for the defendant.”

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Andrew Alexander Dósa is a trial attorney with more than 36 years of experience in civil/business litigation, criminal defense, personal injury claims, and estate planning.

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