The purpose of a good character letter for court is to present the Judge with a written statement about the Defendant’s moral or mental qualities from a family member, friend, or coworker.
The letter is frequently used in child custody and/or drunk driving (DUI) cases, but it can be used 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.
Learn how to write a strong character letter. Use our excellent character letter sample as a model for your own good character letter.
Sample 1 - Letter Of Good Character
[Date of Letter]
The Honorable [First, Last Name]
Judge of [Circuit, District or other Court Name]
[Address of Judge]
RE: [Name of Defendant] – Expungement of Misdemeanor Larceny Charge
My name is _______________. I am over the age of 18 years old. I am not related by birth or marriage to the petitioner.
I have known the petitioner since __________ The petitioner attends church (or synagogue or mosque) at ____________. He volunteers at the local soup kitchen twice a week and has done so for three months.
During the little league baseball season, the petitioner helped me coach the team. The parents and I have appreciated his work.
I also see the petitioner help people in need. I have not seen the petitioner use illicit drugs, become intoxicated, or engage in dangerous or improper behavior. To my knowledge, the petitioner has not engaged in criminal activity.
I am familiar with his general behavior, character and reputation. The petitioner exhibits and otherwise is of good behavior and character in the community.
He has a good reputation in the community. I do not consider him to be a threat to the community in which the petitioner.
I offer this letter in support of the petition to expunge the petitioner’s conviction for ________________.
Sample 2 - Letter Of Good Character
Official Letterhead If Possible
City, State, Zip Code
Presiding Judge or Magistrate’s Name given by the defendant’s lawyer
RE: Character Reference for [NAME OF DEFENDANT]
The aim of this letter is to present the good character of [NAME]. We have worked together for the past 10 years as nurses in the [Name of Hospital]. I can confirm that she is careful, considerate, efficient and dedicated to the well-being of others.
She has received several honors for her dedication to her work including Nurse of the Year for three consecutive years.
She is well-regarded among all the staff at the hospital as a person of high integrity and honesty.
We have been together in several emergency situations, and she has always conducted herself with common sense and compassion.
I am aware that she has pleaded guilty to DUI. However, I wish to express that she is not a habitual drinker, and this unfortunate situation was most probably one-of-a-kind.
She has expressed to me many times that she is extremely sensitive to her transgression and is sorry for it.
I hope this letter will give you an idea of her good character and help her get a second chance to prove this was an unusual occurrence.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.