2009 FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER THREE - PART D - MULTIPLE COUNTS
§3D1.4. Determining the Combined Offense Level
The combined offense level is determined by taking the offense level applicable to the Group with the highest offense level and increasing that offense level by the amount indicated in the following table:
|Number of Units||Increase in Offense Level|
|1 1/2||add 1 level|
|2||add 2 levels|
|2 1/2 - 3||add 3 levels|
|3 1/2 - 5||add 4 levels|
|More than 5||add 5 levels|
In determining the number of Units for purposes of this section:
(a) Count as one Unit the Group with the highest offense level. Count one additional Unit for each Group that is equally serious or from 1 to 4 levels less serious.
(b) Count as one-half Unit any Group that is 5 to 8 levels less serious than the Group with the highest offense level.
(c) Disregard any Group that is 9 or more levels less serious than the Group with the highest offense level. Such Groups will not increase the applicable offense level but may provide a reason for sentencing at the higher end of the sentencing range for the applicable offense level.
Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987. Amended effective November 1, 1990 (see Appendix C, amendment 350).