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Federal Sentencing Guidelines | DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations & Individuals

Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations

Organizations, just like individuals, can be found guilty of misconduct. Chapter Eight of the sentencing guidelines governs punishments for felonies and Class A misdemeanors. Federal sentencing guidelines for organizations are fairly clear and sever. While organizations cannot be locked up and thrown in prison, they can be:

  • Heavily fined
  • Sentenced to probation for up to five years
  • Ordered to pay restitution
  • Issue public notices of conviction to their victim(s)
  • Be exposed to applicable forfeiture statutes

The most common offenses committed by organizations are:

  • Fraud
  • Environmental waste discharge
  • Tax offenses
  • Antitrust offenses
  • Food and drug violations

Individuals Facing Federal Sentencing

The federal sentencing guidelines are extremely severe and can result in a very lengthy sentence.

How do you avoid a mandatory minimum sentence for a federal drug crime? There are only two ways. The first is to risk your life and your family’s life by ratting out your co-defendants or other individuals involved in the drug trade and by providing “substantial assistance” to the federal government. Section 5K1.1 of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines allows a judge to grant a lower sentence to a defendant whom the prosecutor says has given substantial assistance. In most cases for this “substantial assistance” downward sentence to apply, you would not only need to provide the government information about people involved in the drug trade you would also be required to testify against them in court.

Based upon the amount of narcotics charged in the case there are five and ten-year mandatory minimum sentences. Those mandatory minimum sentences are doubled in cases where you have a previous conviction for a drug offense.

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