A character reference letter highlights the positive qualities of a person who has by mistake committed a crime. It basically includes evidence about the accused and how the letter writer is involved with the accused on personal terms. The character reference letter presents a lot of information about the accused to the court, and if reflected on positively, it can reduce the sentence of the offender. This letter helps the court in contemplating that the person can be reformed and that he is extremely apologetic for the crime committed.
Such a letter can be written by any person who knows the accused very well. This may include a close family member, friends, teachers, coaches, a leader of the community, church or any cultural group, a colleague, or even a boss. The person who is writing the character reference letter should himself exhibit good character and must possess extremely good reputation.
While writing the letter, one should refrain from unnecessarily praising the accused. The person's guilt should be acknowledged, but at the same time the letter should highlight positive traits and characteristics to show the court that the person is not a habitual offender and can be rehabilitated if given an opportunity. The letter should not contain any lies about the accused. It should stick to the facts and not spin stories.
The tone and format of the letter should be formal. The letter must be addressed to the court, especially to the presiding judge. It must not be handwritten letter. It should be type written. You should be aware that in case the matter written is proved to be untrue, the person writing is liable to be charged for the offense. You must give a brief introduction about yourself. Mention about the instances in detail which proves that the accused is actually a good human being.