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What are the penalties for federal crimes?

There are various kinds of punishment for federal crimes. They fall within the federal sentencing guidelines, which are regulations that federal judges must consider when sentencing an individual who has been convicted of a crime. The guidelines are based on the severity of the crime and the perpetrator’s qualities and criminal record.

Generally, federal penalties are lengthier than state penalties for comparable crimes. Specifically, federal drug crimes have stiffer mandatory minimum sentences. And persons who are convicted of federal crimes and receive a prison sentence will go to federal prison instead of state prison.

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