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Career Offender - Sentencing Guidelines

United States Sentencing Guidelines § 4B1.1

Career Offender

(a) A defendant is a career offender if (1) the defendant was at least eighteen years old at the time the defendant committed the instant offense of conviction; (2) the instant offense of conviction is a felony that is either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense; and (3) the defendant has at least two prior felony convictions of either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense.

This enhancement has a devastating impact on a defendant's guidelines range. It requires that the defendant be placed in the highest possible criminal history category (VI) and also drastically increases the offense level based on the statutes' maximum sentence allowed.

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