The proposed 2014 Federal Sentencing Guidelines become effective in just over 20 days. Any move to derail the reductions in the 2D1.1 offense levels would be public by now. We could be home free!
The sentencing commission has published its first quarter sentencing stats. Here are the highlights:
There were 145 cases sentenced in the Eastern District of NC between October 1 and December 31. 58.6% of those cases were sentenced within the guideline range. Just over 1 of every 4 (26.2%) received a substantial assistance motion. An additional 11% received a downward variance. There were a couple of upward and downward departures which comprised the remaining 4.2% of the cases.
In the 4th Cir.:
54.1% were sentenced within the guideline range. 17.7% received substantial assistance motions. 17.1% received downward variances.
48.8% were sentenced within the guideline range. 12.9% received substantial assistance motions. 15.9% received downward variances.
For those interested, the entire report is available on the commission's website at
It's been about one year since I retired from a career as a Presentence Investigator, Sentencing Guideline Specialist, and Pre-sentence Supervisor in the Federal Court System. In that time I've established Federal Sentencing Investigations and Consulting - a consulting practice to help individuals and defense attorneys make sense of the Advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Now I've got a website and have been working with defense attorneys in both my home district of Eastern North Carolina and also in other regions of the United States. Could you use expert help in this area?
Welcome, I hope you find the site useful and please reach out if you have questions about my services.