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Designing A United States Sentencing Drug Offense Calculator

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Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, suggested jail terms for those caught dealing drugs are determined by the amount and type of the drug.

For example, if someone is caught dealing 350 grams of cocaine, the basic procedure to determine the recommended sentence is to use Section 2D1.1 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines to first determine the offense level.

Chapter 2D1.1 of United States Sentencing Guideline Manual that shows offense level 20 for 350 grams of Cocaine

As indicated above, the offense level is 20 for 350 grams of cocaine. A Sentencing Table is then checked to determine the recommended sentence.

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And depending on the individual's Criminal History Category, the recommended range of imprisonment for 350 grams of cocaine (Level 20) is from 33 months to 87 months.

Calculating the base offense level gets more tricky where an individual is convicted of an offense that involves different types of drugs. So if the defendant with 350 grams of cocaine was also got caught with 35 grams of "ice," both drugs have to get converted to their "marijuana equivalency" and added together to determine the recommended sentence.

The United States Sentencing Drug Offense Calculator automatically does these calculations.

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And as can be seen, the additional 35 grams of crack had the impact of raising the base offense level to 24.

The Drug Offense Calculator can be found here. It works equally well on mobile devices as a desktop computer. Just bookmark the page, and you should be good to go on your phone. It was written using JavaScript and Google's Material Design Lite. The concept behind the design was to make it fast and easy to use.

Disclaimer: While it's believed to be accurate, there are no guarantees, warranties, or representations. The application and this website does not provide any legal advice. If you are facing a criminal charge, you MUST get a lawyer. The calculator does NOT take into consideration "mandatory minimum sentencing," "career offender status," nor the numerous other factors that are to be considered under the guidelines. A future version of the calculator may be written to consider some of these issues.