Under U.S. Federal Law, sentences for drug offenses are mainly determined by the amount and type of drug(s) that are involved in the offense.
On May 10, 2017, the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Federal Prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious,
readily provable offense."
This is a reversal from the previous administration under President Barack Obama and United States Attorney General Eric Holder where they sought a reduction of drug sentences.
For years prior to this administration [Obama/Holder], federal prosecutors were not only encouraged – but required – to always seek the most severe prison sentence possible for all drug cases, no matter the relative risk they posed to public safety. I have made a break from that philosophy,” said Attorney General Holder. “While old habits are hard to break, these numbers show that a dramatic shift is underway in the mindset of prosecutors handling nonviolent drug offenses. I believe we have taken steps to institutionalize this fairer, more practical approach such that it will endure for years to come.
The Murwell U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines Calculator for Federal Drug Offenses provides a quick and easy way to determine the applicable guideline offense level. It easily combines different drug types and amounts, along with the prior criminal history, to provide the applicable federal sentencing guideline.
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