“The unique advantage that Costa Consulting adds to the defense team is second to none – the defense having the advantage of a former supervising U.S. Probation Officer delivering integrity, knowledge and care, born of more than a quarter century of experience.   

“Rosemary Costa personally conducts an exhaustive, in-depth client interview to develop the client's personal history and the important facts concerning the case. That interview means she compellingly describes the client as an individual, not a number on a U.S. Sentencing Guidelines grid. Her PSR provides an incisive, honest evaluation of both the short- and long-term consequences of every Guideline consideration.  More importantly, she develops a compelling defense–based, factual narrative. 

“The other side of the coin is that Rosemary knows where the probation officer writing the PSR is likely to go with the government's narrative. When a points calculation under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines matters, Rosemary dramatically sharpens the defense focus onto the issues that can make the difference between a non-custody and a custody disposition. Retaining Costa Consulting is a wise decision for counsel interested in a private presentence report that merits the confidence of the judicial sentencing officer and helps secure the lowest possible sentence for the client.”  

Lee Altschuler, Criminal Defense Attorney;
Former Chief Silicon Valley U.S. Attorney's Office,
Northern District of California


“Being well acquainted with Rosemary Costa as a federal probation officer, I did not hesitate to retain her soon after she went into private practice as a sentencing consultant.  We worked together on a very sensitive, high profile case and Rosemary was invaluable in her assessment of the case for sentencing.  Her years of experience with criminal cases and people facing conviction and sentencing translate into an ability to connect with clients, objectively evaluate cases and present the court with credible information.”

Laurel Headley, Criminal Defense Attorney
Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP, Berkeley, CA

"Costa Consulting is an integral part of our trial preparation. We would not even consider doing a risk analysis without the expertise of Rosemary Costa in calculating and evaluating the exposure."

Brian H. Getz
Criminal Defense Attorney, San Francisco



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