Changes to US Sentencing Guidelines may lower federal drug sentences

Lower Federal Drug Sentences:

us courthouse and post officeThe United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) is proposing to reduce the guidelines for all federal drug offenses by two levels.  This will lower drug sentences by an average of 11 months for 70% of defendants regardless of drug type.

Click here to read the proposed amendments.  The United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, endorsed the proposed changes.

According to USSC Chair, Judge Patti B. Saris, reducing the cost of prison overcrowding is a significant driver for the proposal.  Judge Saris also notes that the proposed reduction will not endanger public safety.

Check back for updates on this proposal.

Genaro R. Cortez
Attorney
Phone:  210.733.7575

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Lower Federal Drug Sentences
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Lower Federal Drug Sentences
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Proposed changes to the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG) may result in lower sentences for all federal drug offenses. If approved, the changes will take effect in November 2014.
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Author: Genaro Cortez

Hi! I am Genaro Cortez, a DWI Attorney in San Antonio, Texas. This blog provides information on frequently asked questions about DWI charges and criminal defense.