Pre sentence investigation reports (PSIs) constitute reports given to a judge. They determine how long a sentence should last for someone found guilty or who pleads guilty to a crime.
The probation department is in charge of preparing the PSI. This report also goes by the name “probation report.” This department prepares the reports because the probation department is a neutral party in a case. The report does not have ties to the prosecution or the defense and can therefore make a fair report. A PSI includes the following information concerning a defendant:
- Their criminal history.
- Their employment history.
- Details of the offense the defendant faces charges for.
- Their personal history.
- Victims’ statements.
- Sentencing recommendation for the defendant.
The defendant gets the chance to look over the PSI before it goes to a judge. The defendant has the right to object to aspects of the PSI that are not true.
If you are being charged with a crime, it is very important that you and your lawyer go over the PSI carefully. A judge will rely heavily on the PSI to determine your sentence, so if you have objections, you should voice them before your sentencing hearing.
Sometimes, in violation of probation cases, a defense can be made in your favor using your PSI. If your PSI recommended treatment programs to help rehabilitate you, and you have not had access to these programs or they are not complete, you may argue that certain violations should not be considered violations of probation. This is a difficult defense to make and will depend on your personal situation, but discussing your situation with an attorney can help you.