Free Sentence Modification Letter [Sample]

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Learn how to write a sentence modification letter. Use our sentence modification letter sample as a template for your modification request letter.

Sentence modification letter sample

Name of Defendant
Address of Defendant
City, State, Zip Code


Name of Judge
Name of District Court
Address of District Court
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Honorable Judge Last Name of Judge:

This letter is a formal request for you to reconsider my sentencing on DATE for shoplifting. I was given three years prison time, and I fully understand the seriousness of my action.

However, I am requesting that you reconsider because the whole experience of being arrested, staying in jail and being sentenced to three years has had a profound impact on me and I deeply regret my selfish action of shoplifting. 

I have never stolen anything in my life and only did so because of the peer pressure of my friends. 

However, they were smart and did not take anything, while I did. Now, I see that I sacrificed my moral standards to be accepted by so-called friends. I sincerely promise never to do it again.

I just completed my junior year in college at Name of University, and have been at the top of my class in my chosen field of medicine. 

Three years in prison would completely derail my plans to become a doctor, which is another reason my eyes have been opened to the foolishness of my action. 

I would welcome the chance to do community service or anything else that you deem appropriate rather than spend three years in prison.

Thank you for taking the time to reconsider my sentencing on DATE and to consider an alternative sentence. 


Signature of Writer
Printed Name of Writer

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