What is a departure in a sentencing?

I have heard people talk about a person getting lucky to get a departure in a sentencing in a criminal case. I think I have some idea, but what exactly is meant by that term? I appreciate your clarification. A departure is typically sought in a felony criminal case. Felony cases are subject to what is called the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. Although called “guidelines,” the rules are actually highly persuasive on a judge in a felony sentencing, if not mandatory under certain circumstances. There are […]

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