Character Letter to Judge for Family Member [Free Sample]

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The purpose of a character reference letter for court is to present the judge with a written statement about the defendant’s moral or mental qualities from a family member. 

The letter is frequently submitted in child custody, simple assault, and/or drunk driving (DUI) cases, but it can be utilized in any situation when the court needs to hear about the defendant’s personality and character in order to draw the case in their favor. As a template for your character letter, use our sample letter to the judge before sentence.

character letter to judge for family member

DATE

The Honorable NAME OF JUDGE
Judge of the Local Court of CITY
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE

YOUR NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE

Dear Judge [LAST NAME OF JUDGE]:

I’m writing to urge mercy on behalf of [NEPHEW’S NAME], who was found guilty of Basic Assault on [DATE] and is scheduled to be sentenced on [DATE].

I appreciate your fairness throughout the trial, and I believe he was rightly convicted of simple assault. 

I’d want to point out that, despite the fact that he started the fight, it was an extremely unusual behavior for him because he is not a violent person. His life circumstances at the time were extremely stressful, prompting him to lash out.

Since their parents died in a plane crash three years ago, [NEPHEW’S NAME] has been the primary provider for his younger brother and sister. His sister fell very ill with pneumonia and had to be admitted to the hospital.

He has health insurance through his job, but it was insufficient to cover all of her bills, and he was worried for her safety. 

Since his arrest, various members of the community have come together to provide the assistance she required, demonstrating that he is well-liked in the town. She is now completely recovered.

He expresses deep regret for his conduct and swears to never do it again. I believe him since I know him well, and I respectfully seek a lenient sentence because his family will be severely harmed if he is imprisoned. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. If you have any questions, please contact me at [PHONE NUMBER].

Sincerely,

[SIGNATURE]
[YOUR NAME]

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