Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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For certain categories of offenses and offenders, the guidelines permit the court to impose either imprisonment or some other sanction or combination of sanctions. 

In determining the type of sentence to impose, the sentencing judge should consider the nature and seriousness of the conduct, the statutory purposes of sentencing, and the pertinent offender characteristics.  

A sentence is within the guidelines if it complies with each applicable section of this chapter. 

The court should impose a sentence sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to comply with the statutory purposes of sentencing. 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a).  

Here is the Sentencing Table used to determine the guideline range: 

Federal Sentencing Table
(in months of imprisonment)

 Offense
Level
I
(0 or 1)
II
(2 or 3)
III
(4, 5, 6)
IV
(7, 8, 9)
V
(10, 11, 12)
VI
(13 or more)
Zone A10 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 6
20 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 61 – 7
30 – 60 – 60 – 60 – 62 – 83 – 9
40 – 60 – 60 – 62 – 84 – 106 – 12
50 – 60 – 61 – 72 – 86 – 129 – 15
60 – 61 – 72 – 86 – 129 – 1512 – 18
70 – 62 – 84 – 108 – 1412 – 1815 – 21
80 – 64 – 106 – 1210 – 1615 – 2118 – 24
Zone B94 – 106 – 128 – 1412 – 1818 – 2421 – 27
106 – 128 – 1410 – 1615 – 2121 – 2724 – 30
Zone C118 – 1410 – 1612 – 1818 – 2424 – 3027 – 33
1210 – 1612 – 1815 – 2121 – 2727 – 3330 – 37
Zone D1312 – 1815 – 2118 – 2424 – 3030 – 3733 – 41
1415 – 2118 – 2421 – 2727 – 3333 – 4137 – 46
1518 – 2421 – 2724 – 3030 – 3737 – 4641 – 51
1621 – 2724 – 3027 – 3333 – 4141 – 5146 – 57
1724 – 3027 – 3330 – 3737 – 4646 – 5751 – 63
1827 – 3330 – 3733 – 4141 – 5151 – 6357 – 71
1930 – 3733 – 4137 – 4646 – 5757 – 7163 – 78
2033 – 4137 – 4641 – 5151 – 6363 – 7870 – 87
2137 – 4641 – 5146 – 5757 – 7170 – 8777 – 96
2241 – 5146 – 5751 – 6363 – 7877 – 9684 – 105
2346 – 5751 – 6357 – 7170 – 8784 – 10592 – 115
2451 – 6357 – 7163 – 7877 – 9692 – 115100 – 125
2557 – 7163 – 7870 – 8784 – 105100 – 125110 – 137
2663 – 7870 – 8778 – 9792 – 115110 – 137120 – 150
2770 – 8778 – 9787 – 108100 – 125120 – 150130 – 162
2878 – 9787 – 10897 – 121110 – 137130 – 162140 – 175
2987 – 10897 – 121108 – 135121 – 151140 – 175151 – 188
3097 – 121108 – 135121 – 151135 – 168151 – 188168 – 210
31108 – 135121 – 151135 – 168151 – 188168 – 210188 – 235
32121 – 151135 – 168151 – 188168 – 210188 – 235210 – 262
33135 – 168151 – 188168 – 210188 – 235210 – 262235 – 293
34151 – 188168 – 210188 – 235210 – 262235 – 293262 – 327
35168 – 210188 – 235210 – 262235 – 293262 – 327292 – 365
36188 – 235210 – 262235 – 293262 – 327292 – 365324 – 405
37210 – 262235 – 293262 – 327292 – 365324 – 405360 – life
38235 – 293262 – 327292 – 365324 – 405360 – life360 – life
39262 – 327292 – 365324 – 405360 – life360 – life360 – life
40292 – 365324 – 405360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life
41324 – 405360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life
42360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life360 – life
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About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida

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