2009 FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER 5 - PART H - SPECIFIC OFFENDER CHARACTERISTICS
§5H1.6. Family Ties and Responsibilities (Policy Statement)
In sentencing a defendant convicted of an offense other than an offense described in the following paragraph, family ties and responsibilities are not ordinarily relevant in determining whether a departure may be warranted.
In sentencing a defendant convicted of an offense involving a minor victim under section 1201, an offense under section 1591, or an offense under chapter 71, 109A, 110, or 117, of title 18, United States Code, family ties and responsibilities and community ties are not relevant in determining whether a sentence should be below the applicable guideline range.
Family responsibilities that are complied with may be relevant to the determination of the amount of restitution or fine.
Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987. Amended effective November 1, 1991 (see Appendix C, amendment 386); April 30, 2003 (see Appendix C, amendment 649); October 27, 2003 (see Appendix C, amendment 651); November 1, 2004 (see Appendix C, amendment 674).