Statutory Maximum/Minimum Sentences And Application Of Offense Levels

By Caroline Rule
ABA Section of Litigation
November 2017 Edition

Most federal district court judges are accustomed - even in this age of "advisory" U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (Guidelines or U.S.S.G.) - to sentencing a criminal defendant by first calculating the applicable "Offense Level," which provides for a range of months of imprisonment, in the "Sentencing Table" of the Guidelines. 

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