Sharon Valenti

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Born and raised in Dallas, Sharon Valenti received her BA from the University of Texas and a Master’s from Southern Methodist. She worked at the Dallas County Juvenile Department and before joining the U.S. Probation Office, Northern District of Texas, in 1983. There she supervised drug and mental health cases, as a Sentencing Guidelines Specialist and a Special Offender Specialist, focusing on high-profile and sophisticated white-collar offenders. Sharon also served a faculty member for the FDIC on financial crimes and investigations. When she retired, Sharon was “recruited” by defense attorneys she had worked with to consult on sentencing, and she consults on cases all over the United States, bringing in other retired federal investigative agents when the need arises.

Stories from Sharon Valenti

Mitigation of Defendants in Federal Court
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I first began writing presentence reports in 1983, pre-guideline. Psychological and social histories were important to the investigation of defendants and their offenses. Our “motto” was “investigate, question, probe.” Many do not know that in actuality there were sentencing statistics issued by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts every year.