Federal Sentencing Guidelines

    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
    43lifelifelifelifelifelife

     

    Commentary to Sentencing Table

    Application Notes:

    1. The Offense Level (1-43) forms the vertical axis of the Sentencing Table. The Criminal History Category (I-VI) forms the horizontal axis of the Table. The intersection of the Offense Level and Criminal History Category displays the Guideline Range in months of imprisonment. “Life” means life imprisonment. For example, the guideline range applicable to a defendant with an Offense Level of 15 and a Criminal History Category of III is 24-30 months of imprisonment.

    2. In rare cases, a total offense level of less than 1 or more than 43 may result from application of the guidelines. A total offense level of less than 1 is to be treated as an offense level of 1. An offense level of more than 43 is to be treated as an offense level of 43.

    3. The Criminal History Category is determined by the total criminal history points from Chapter Four, Part A, except as provided in §§4B1.1 (Career Offender) and 4B1.4 (Armed Career Criminal). The total criminal history points associated with each Criminal History Category are shown under each Criminal History Category in the Sentencing Table.

    Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987. Amended effective November 1, 1989 (see Appendix C, amendment 270); November 1, 1991 (see Appendix C, amendment 418); November 1, 1992 (see Appendix C, amendment 462).