From Ron Chapman’s new blog/website, “Federal Criminal Lawyer – Frequently Asked Questions”, comes this post titled in the form of a question, “How Can You Avoid a Minimum Mandatory Sentence in Federal Court?”:
In federal court, there are only two ways to avoid such a sentence:
1. Safety valve; and
He then discusses how § 3553 (f) and (e) respectively allow for sentences under a mandatory minimum.
In fairness, I’m (a) being a smart ass, and (b) his post probably assumes without saying that we are in 3553-land to begin with.